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Embedding a hidden or unobtrusive code or pattern in a reproduced image (e.g., a watermark)

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358 - Facsimile and static presentation processing

358100100 - STATIC PRESENTATION PROCESSING (E.G., PROCESSING DATA FOR PRINTER, ETC.)

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20100142005VISUAL CRYPTOGRAPHY AND VOTING TECHNOLOGY - In some embodiments, techniques for voting and visual cryptography may include various enhancements.06-10-2010
20090244641MULTI-TONAL COPY EVIDENT DOCUMENT METHODS AND PRODUCTS - The present disclosure relates to a printed multi-tonal document with enhanced copy evident distortions security features and a method of printing such document. The document may include a multi-tonal background screen image area including a first set of halftone elements and a multi-tonal foreground hidden warning text and/or graphic screen image area including a second set of halftone elements, wherein the first set of halftone elements may be smaller in size than the second set of halftone elements. The multi-tonal foreground hidden warning text and/or graphic image area, when electronically copied, may appear different from the background of the copy of the document.10-01-2009
20090128859SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GENERATING WATERMARKS ON ELECTRONIC DOCUMENTS - The subject application is directed to a system and method for document watermarking. First, electronic document data is received into a memory associated with a document processing device. A page image is then generated from the electronic document data on a touchscreen user interface panel associated with the document processing device. A signature area is then generated on the touchscreen and positioned relative to a selected portion of the page image via the dragging of the signature area to a selected portion of the page image. Signature image data is then received and an image corresponding to the received signature image data is superimposed on the positioned signature area. A composite document output is thereafter generated of the electronic document data and the signature image data, with the signature image formed in the positioned signature area.05-21-2009
20080259403IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, VIEWER, IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM - An image processing apparatus including: an image reading section which reads an image containing a watermark having a hidden image and generates image data; and an image processing section which adds, onto the image data, information about image processing for preventing the watermark from being formed as a visible image when the image is reproduced based on the image data.10-23-2008
20100085607METHOD OF ENCODING CODING PATTERN - A method of encoding a coding pattern for disposition on a surface of a substrate. The method comprises the step of: co-encoding, in a merged data symbol, a first individual data symbol from a first codeword with at least a second individual data symbol from a second codeword. The merged data symbol is represented on the surface by a plurality of data elements disposed thereon.04-08-2010
20110194152ENHANCED SECURITY PRINTING OF A LAYOUT TEMPLATE - A method for enhancing security printing of a layout template is disclosed. The method includes receiving the layout template, and acknowledging one or more constraints for the layout template. At least one unconstrained layout element of the layout template is varied, thereby generating a varied layout template. The varied layout template is printed and scanned. The method further includes determining a number of bits that can be encoded in the varied layout template, where the number of bits depends on the varying of the at least one unconstrained layout element.08-11-2011
20090122352COMPUTER SYSTEM INCORPORATING A TARGET AND SYMBOL DATA SENSING ARRANGEMENT - A computer system includes a printer configured to print invisible coded data tags on print media. Each data tag includes a target and a dot arrangement representing a value. A pen-type device includes an image sensor configured to sense the targets and wirelessly transmit sensed data associated with the dot arrangements. A relay is configured to receive the transmitted data. One or more servers are interfaced to the relay, and are configured to process the received data from the relay and to perform an action based upon the processed data.05-14-2009
20090122351PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, PRINT CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM THEREFOR - Conventionally, during a copy operation, certain advanced mode settings make the extraction of additional security information impossible. In order to solve this problem, the print control apparatus includes: determining unit for determining an interval between a pattern element and a pattern element adjacent to the pattern element from the received image data; and control unit for performing a control so as to scale the image at a magnification specified by a user and have the scaled image printed by a printing apparatus when the product of the magnification specified by the user and the interval determined by the determining unit falls within a predetermined range, and configured to terminate or interrupt the printing of the image by the printing apparatus when the product of the magnification specified by the user and the interval determined by the determining unit does not fall within the predetermined range.05-14-2009
20100157379METHOD OF PRINTING MICR ENCODED NEGOTIABLE INSTRUMENTS SUCH AS CHECKS/DRAFTS FROM FACSIMILE TRANSMITTED CHECKS - An improved method for accurately and correctly encoding and printing complete checks on blank paper sheets from graphic check images. The method includes inputting into a computer a graphic image of a check. Scanning the graphic image, in computer memory, and identifying the MICR character codes with their locations. Printing said MICR codes with magnetic ink in MICR fonts in a designated “clear band”. Reformatting the scanned graphic image with the MICR images deleted and printing the reformatted graphic image above the “clear band” to provide a negotiable check instrument.06-24-2010
20130027754PRINTING DEVICE AND PRINTING METHOD - The present invention provides an information printing method and a printing device, which assure a higher level of security when outputting printed matter. The present invention provides a printing device comprising a document storage means for storing electronic document data generated at a printing instruction issuing terminal operated by a printing instruction issuer and transmitted from the printing instruction issuing terminal, an ID setting means for setting a print retriever ID of a print retriever who is to execute processing for outputting the electronic document data stored at the document storage means onto paper, a watermark information superimposing means for superimposing the print retriever ID having been set at the ID setting means as watermark information onto the electronic document data and a printing means for outputting the electronic document data having the watermark information superimposed thereupon by the watermark information superimposing means onto paper.01-31-2013
20100142003WATERMARK ENCODING AND DETECTION USING NARROW BAND ILLUMINATION - A system is employed to reveal a watermark in a document. A watermark generator is utilized to select the placement and at least one colorant combination of an image and at least one colorant combination for a watermark on a document, where the at least one colorant combination of the image and the watermark form a metameric pair. A printing system receives data from the watermark generator and places the image and the watermark on the document. A decoder comprising a narrow band illumination element is selected or tuned to a wavelength corresponding to the colorant combinations utilized by the printing system to reveal the watermark placed thereon.06-10-2010
20120182588DISTRIBUTED IMAGE ACQUISITION FOR POSTAL PROCESSING - Mail processing methods and systems. A method includes receiving a mailpiece at a local system and scanning the mailpiece by the local system to produce an image. The method can include receiving payment information from the customer by the local system for mailing the mailpiece. The method includes applying an identification code to the mailpiece by the local system, and after the mailpiece is delivered to a central processing facility, processing the mailpiece, using the image, by a central server system at the central processing facility. Related apparatuses and systems are discussed.07-19-2012
20130070305PRINTED IMAGE ERASING SYSTEM - A printed image erasing system in an embodiment is configured to erase image information obtained by printing both characteristic identification information and document information or only the document information with an erasable color material on a printing medium, comprising: a printer unit configured to print the image information on the printing medium; an erasing unit configured to erase an image printed on the printing medium with the erasable color material; a reading unit configured to read the characteristic identification information on the printing medium to be erased by the erasing unit; and a document management unit configured to manage an erasability condition of the document information on the basis of the characteristic identification information and instruct the printer unit to output new document information according to the erasability condition of the document information that is contained in the characteristic identification information read by the reading unit.03-21-2013
20090116075IMAGE INFORMATION SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS, PROCESS FOR IMAGE FORMATION, COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM FOR IMAGE FORMATION AND PATTERN-INFORMATION-COLLATING-APPARATUS - An image formation system includes a medium-pattern-information-read-unit that reads pattern information of a surface of a medium; a pattern-information-image-creation-unit that creates a pattern Information image based on the read pattern information; and a print unit that adds the pattern information image to a print image to be printed on the surface of the medium and prints the print image on the medium.05-07-2009
20090116074IMAGE ANNOTATION USING BARCODES - A method and apparatus that annotates an image with a barcode is disclosed. The method may include receiving one or more image parameters from a user, determining information concerning a device to be used for processing, determining a date on which image processing occurs, determining a number of copies of the image to be processed, generating a barcode that contains at least coded information concerning the device to be used for processing, the date on which the image is processed, the number of copies of the image to be processed, and at least one of the one or more image parameters received from the user, and sending the generated barcode to the device to be used for processing to enable the barcode to be placed near the image when processed.05-07-2009
20120218609IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, OUTPUT CONTROL SYSTEM, OUTPUT CONTROL METHOD - An apparatus stores accumulated jobs in a storage area, and outputs a shared job among the accumulated jobs that is set to be shared by plural users. The apparatus includes a job list display unit configured to display a job list generated based on job information of the accumulated jobs; and a job control unit configured to control output of an execution job selected from the job list. The job list display unit displays a shared job included in the job list that is determined as being allowed to be executed in the apparatus based on an allowance condition set when the shared job is set, and the job control unit outputs job data of a shared job selected as the execution job from the displayed job list, in an output format specified at the time of job execution.08-30-2012
20120218608IR SPECIALTY IMAGING METHODS AND SYSTEMS - Disclosed are methods and systems of printing an image encoded with an IR watermark on a substrate. According to an exemplary method, an effective gamut is used to render the image, wherein the effective gamut is formed by the intersection of a first and second gamut associated with producing a constant IR response.08-30-2012
20090091800METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PRINTING SECURE VALUE DOCUMENTS AND NON-SECURE DOCUMENTS UTILIZING THE SAME PRINTING DEVICE - A printing system for printing both secure value documents and non-secure documents while ensuring that fraudulent copies of secure value documents printed by the printing system can be detected is provided. The printing system determines if the source is a secure or non-secure source. If the source of the image is a secure source, it will print the image, including any graphic security features. If the source is a non-secure source, before printing the image a filter is applied to the image data to remove any graphic security features included in the received image and/or the printing system will not add any graphic security features to the received image to ensure that the printed image will not contain any copy detection graphic security features.04-09-2009
20090091799IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING DEVICE, IMAGE READING SYSTEM, COMPARISON SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM, AND COMPUTER DATA SIGNAL - An image processing device includes a generating unit and an output unit. The generating unit generates image data on the basis of which an image forming unit forms a visible image on a recording medium containing detectable substances using only a coloring material having a spectral reflection factor that is different in a particular wavelength range from a spectral reflection factor that the detectable substances have by a predetermined threshold or more. The output unit outputs the image data generated by the generating unit to the image forming unit.04-09-2009
20090091798APPAREL AS EVENT MARKER - A method of characterizing images taken during a event into one or more sub-events is disclosed. The method includes; acquiring a collection of images taken during the event; identifying one or more particular person(s) in the collection and the apparel associated with the identified person; searching the collection to identify if the apparel associated with identified particular person(s) has been changed during the event; identifying one or more sub-events for those images in which the particular person(s) have changed apparel.04-09-2009
20110058225Image forming apparatus, image processing method thereof, and image forming system - An image forming apparatus is described. The image forming apparatus includes a pattern detection unit to detect whether an input image includes a specific pattern as a portion of the image, a conversion unit to convert the specific pattern into data in a predetermined format, an encryption unit to encrypt the data in the predetermined format and to generate an encryption pattern from the encrypted data, and an output unit to output an image that is similar to the input image except for the portion of the image, which includes the encryption pattern rather than the specific pattern in the output image.03-10-2011
20110038013IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing apparatus performs a density adjustment process for generating an image containing a copy-forgery-inhibited pattern image for warning against the use of copy products. To help users to easily adjust the density of a latent image portion and a background portion in the copy-forgery-inhibited pattern image, the image processing apparatus determines a density relationship of the latent image portion and the background portion by performing a plurality of adjustment operations, in combination, different in the amount of adjustment relating to the range of variable density in at least one of the latent image portion and the background portion, and sets, based on the density relationship, the density data of each of the latent image portion and the background portion in the data of the copy-forgery-inhibited pattern image.02-17-2011
20090268257PRINTER FOR PRINTING POSITION-CODING PATTERN ONTO A SURFACE - A printer for printing an interface of human-readable visible information and a machine-readable position-coding pattern onto a surface. The printer comprises: an input for receiving document data; a memory buffer storing dot data for the visible information and dot data for the position-coding pattern; a printhead for printing the interface; visible ink channels dedicated for printing the visible information; and an infrared ink channel exclusively dedicated for printing the position-coding pattern. The printhead is configured to print the interface onto the surface by printing the visible information and the position-coding pattern simultaneously.10-29-2009
20090268256IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM STORING IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM - A special pattern determination section determines whether a special pattern is included in a document image read by a document reading section. If the special pattern determination section determines that the special pattern is included, the breaking pattern applying section applies a breaking pattern to the document image, and the print image generating section accumulates image data of the document image applied with the breaking pattern into a memory. On the other hand, if it is determined that the special pattern is not included, the print image generating section accumulates the image data of the document image directly into the memory. Then, if it is set by a user so as not to print the breaking pattern, the controller deletes image data of the document image accumulated in the memory and applied with the breaking pattern.10-29-2009
20120224231Apparatus and Method for Processing a Recording Medium with Embedded Information - An apparatus for processing a recording medium with embedded information comprises: a passage mechanism including a first passage, a loop passage and recording medium conveying rollers, wherein a first opening and a second opening of the loop passage are connected to the tail end of the first passage; a first guide mechanism configured to selectively communicate the first passage with the first opening or the second opening of the loop passage; and a processing device including a magnetic head and a print head which are arranged in the first passage, wherein the magnetic head is arranged at a side of a recording medium inlet/outlet port which is adjacent to a leading end of the first passage. A method for processing the recording medium with embedded information is also disclosed. According to the apparatus and method for processing the recording medium mentioned above, the recording medium can be turned over automatically during moving through the loop passage, so that the printing on both sides of the recording medium can be realized by one single print head, and thus a comprehensive process on the recording medium with embedded information is realized, and the cost of the apparatus is reduced.09-06-2012
20120224230WATERMARKING COMPRISING ULTRAVIOLET CURABLE SOLID INKS AND METHODS FOR PRODUCING THE SAME - The present embodiments relate to a method of watermarking using a curable gel ink, and in particular, the curable gel ink is an ultraviolet (UV) curable gel ink that can be used in digital printing methods such as ink jet printing. The present embodiments provide improved scratch and rub resistance for watermarks formed with the UV curable gel ink formulations.09-06-2012
20090244640DOCUMENT EDITING APPARATUS, DOCUMENT EDITING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR EDITING DOCUMENT - A computer-readable recording medium that stores a program for causing a computer to edit an electronic document including a plurality of hierarchically arranged objects. The program makes a computer execute extracting an object from the electronic document including the hierarchically arranged objects representing one of a text, an image, a drawing and a table; determining whether the extracted object is superimposed by a user specified area serving as a masking area of a target document input by a user; and converting, into different information, information included in an area of the object determined to be superimposed by the user specified area.10-01-2009
20090231630IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An output image forming unit generates a print image based on an input image. A partial region image forming unit specifies an image region, which is not to be printed when the print image is printed on a print sheet, and generates region information indicating a region obtained by merging a region on the input image corresponding to the specified image region, and a surrounding region of this region on the input image. The partial region image forming unit generates embedded information including the region information. An additional information multiplexing unit embeds the embedded information in the print image, and outputs that print image to a printer.09-17-2009
20090021793IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM FOR EXECUTING IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR STORING PROGRAM - To provide image processing device and method which can achieve embedding and extracting of watermark message which secures certain or more message embedding accuracy and amount as suppressing deterioration of quality in an original document image, it inputs a document image to an image input unit, it extracts by an image analysis unit a character image included in the input document image, and it embeds by an embedding unit watermark message by constituting the character image by means of a predetermined dot pattern.01-22-2009
20120113478METHOD OF EMBEDDING A PLURALITY OF DIFFERENT TWO-DIMENSIONAL CODES IN AN IMAGE - The purpose of the present invention is to prevent a two-dimensional code to be additionally embedded from corrupting a two-dimensional code which has been embedded when a document in which the two-dimensional code has been embedded is copied or when a document in which the two-dimensional code has been embedded is overlaid on form data in which the two-dimensional code has been embedded. In the present invention, when it is detected that a second two-dimensional code is embedded in an input image, the input image is printed without overlay of a first two-dimensional code thereon. Furthermore, when form data for overlaying is stored, when it is detected that a third two-dimensional code is embedded in the form data or when it is detected that a second two-dimensional code is embedded in an input image, the input image is output without overlay of a first two-dimensional code thereon.05-10-2012
20080297852VARIABLE DATA PERIODIC LINE PATTERNS FOR COMPOSING A FONT SYSTEM - A method and system is provided for generating a variable data differential line pattern font comprising forming a periodic line pattern suitable for tessellation disposition within a printed document and selectively distorting a portion of the periodic line pattern in a predetermined manner wherein the distorting comprises generating a distinguishable font corresponding to the distorting. A plurality of different distinguishable fonts are formed by a corresponding plurality of distorted line patterns, respectively.12-04-2008
20120236368IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SERVER, AND METHOD OF IMAGE PROCESSING - According to one embodiment, the image processing apparatus includes a printing control unit, an image reading unit, an extracting unit, a difference image extracting unit, and a determination unit. The printing control unit controls printing of a plurality of pages on one sheet of paper according to a print setting information which indicates a printing form, and printing of a code indicating the print setting information on the paper. The image reading unit read the paper. The extracting unit extracts the code from the read image. The difference image extracting unit extracts a difference image between the printed image and the read image.09-20-2012
20110096367Print Settings Verification Mechanism - A method is disclosed. The method includes retrieving data associated with one or more printer settings to be used to print a document, encoding the printer settings data into machine readable data and printing the machine readable data on the document with print job data.04-28-2011
20100321738Method and system for producing authenticable digitally printed documents with security features and printing software - The present disclosure relates to a methodology, apparatus and product, of combining a void pantograph security feature with a faux watermark feature creating a resilient void pantograph digitally manipulated in an electronic format and printed through any digital platform from high resolution output devices such as but not limited to film/plate image setters used in standard offset printing, high speed commercial digital ink or toner based presses and printers, and low resolution output devices such as all ink/toner based desktop printers, multifunction printers, in which the amalgamation of the two features authenticate the other feature to produce a document security feature which is self authenticable. Such electronic format can conveniently be issued on-demand onto plain paper using any digital output device driven by an executable software, print driver and/or printer firmware application.12-23-2010
20090310185CREDENTIAL AND METHOD AND SYSTEM OF MAKING SAME - A batch of credentials printed on a credential medium having a pattern of lenses (e.g., lenticular or other pattern), as well as a system and method for producing such credentials. A library of encoders is used to encode pixel locations of a plurality of view sets comprising a number of individual image frames. Each view set is associated with a distinct region on a credential having distinct polyoptic properties (e.g., orientation, frequency, shape). Encoded images produced by the library of encoders are combined (e.g., by interlacing or other encoding pattern) into a single print-ready image that is aligned (e.g., registered) with lenses of the distinct polyoptic areas on a medium on which the credential is printed. Encoding may take the form of positioning, sizing, intensifying, coloring, masking, interlacing, interleaving, scrambling, mixing, transformation, alteration, translation of pixels, or a combination thereof.12-17-2009
20100202024Method and System for Controlled Production of Security Documents, Especially Banknotes - There is described a method for controlled production of security documents, especially banknotes, wherein said security documents are subjected to a plurality of successive printing and processing operations (08-12-2010
20080266610DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING BASED ON PAPER FINGERPRINT - There is provided an image forming device that does not require an original image scanning operation upon copying of an original for the second time or later in a device for preventing illegal copying with the use of paper fingerprint information. Upon registration of the paper fingerprint information, original image data is scanned from the original. Also, the paper fingerprint information is scanned. The image forming device associates the original image data and the paper fingerprint information with each other to register them in an information processing device. Upon copying, paper fingerprint information scanned from an original is transmitted to the information processing device to request the device to determine whether or not the paper fingerprint information has been registered. If the paper fingerprint information has been registered is received, the original image data registered in association with the paper fingerprint information is retrieved from the information processing device.10-30-2008
20090207457SYSTEM HAVING PRINTED INTERACTIVE FORM AND SENSING DEVICE - A system for computer software interaction is provided which has a printed form and sensing device. The form has information related to an interactive element coincidentally printed with coded tags. Each tag encodes data on the interactive element and an orientation and position of that tag on the form. The sensing device has an image sensor for capturing images of the tags when the sensing device is used to interact with the interactive element, and a processor. The processor determines the orientations and positions of the tags within the captured images which corresponds to the printed orientations and positions, decodes the data encoded by the captured tags at the determined orientations and positions, and sends indicating data indicative of the decoded data and the determined orientations and positions to a computer system for interpretation of the interaction.08-20-2009
20090279144IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE DATA CREATION METHOD AND IMAGE DATA CREATION PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus including an imposition processing section which arranges plural page images on an output area to form an imposed image; and a tint block composition processing section which composes a tint block image on the imposed image, wherein the imposition processing section arranges at least two page images in different directions, and the tint block composition processing section establishes an angle of rotation of the tint block image for each page image so that a relationship between a direction of the each page image and a direction of the tint block image is kept constant, and executes the imposition by utilizing the angle of rotation.11-12-2009
20110292453FACILITY TO REUSE PAPER - Systems and methods are described that facilitate sorting used printed sheets of paper or other media, identifying reusable pages (i.e., pages without print on one or both sides), and outputting the reusable pages for reuse. If print is detected on one side of a used page, a security or interference pattern, or a blackout pattern, is printed over the detected print (e.g., text or the like) to conceal or obscure the print to render it illegible. In this manner, potentially sensitive or confidential information is concealed, and the reusable pages are output for use in a user-selected application (e.g., label printing, etc.) while ensuring that confidential information is obscured.12-01-2011
20110164288IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT CAN OUTPUT COPY-FORGERY-INHIBITED PATTERN IMAGE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An apparatus includes an original-document-attribute determining unit that determines attribute of an original document image, a form-attribute determining unit that determines attribute of a form image, and a compositing unit that performs sequence of compositing of the original document image, a copy-forgery-inhibited pattern image, and the form image, the sequence of compositing being determined based on the determined attribute of the original document image and the determined attribute of the form image.07-07-2011
20100265550SYSTEM FOR PRINTING INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTS - A system for printing a second document by interacting with a first document. The system includes: a first document having visible textual information and first coded data; a handheld optically imaging sensor which generates indicating data indicative of the position of the sensor relative to the first document using sensed coded data; and a printer for printing the second document in response to interpretation of the indicating data by a computer system. The second printed document includes visible textual information and second coded data in the form of a plurality of tags, each tag defining unique coded data identifying the second document and a position of that tag on the second document.10-21-2010
20110170146Print Cartridge Output Sample - A system and method print an output sample including print cartridge characteristic information.07-14-2011
20100128320PROTECTING PRINTED ITEMS INTENDED FOR PUBLIC EXCHANGE WITH INFORMATION EMBEDDED IN BLANK DOCUMENT BORDERS - A method for embedding coded information in a coupon with a face value denomination includes encoding that face value denomination value as a plurality of data carrying dot pair patterns where each dot is too small to be visually noticeable. For each page of a document to be rendered, the method includes determining whether the border area is blank. If found not blank the border area is cleared. Each of the plurality of data carrying dot patterns is embedded in the blank border area of the document page. The document page with the embedded data carrying dot patterns is then rendered, where each data carrying dot is too small to be visually noticeable.05-27-2010
20100128322IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM THEREOF - It is possible to provide an image processing device, an image processing method, and its program which generate a positioning pattern of an information pattern in accordance with block information. This eliminates the problem that a block number cannot be identified although an information block position can be identified, i.e., the problem that information for identifying an information block cannot be sufficiently extracted. If an information pattern is identified, the extracted information can be used effectively. Moreover, it is possible to enhance the information embedding efficiency.05-27-2010
20100091337PAPER MEDIUM INFORMATION ENCRYPTING SYSTEM, DECRYPTING SYSTEM, PROGRAM AND METHOD - A solution of a problem of how leakage of important information should be prevented without losing any convenience of a paper medium, entails configuring a paper medium information encrypting system 04-15-2010
20120033265IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - Paper fingerprint information that represents a fiber pattern unique to a paper sheet is scanned, and the paper fingerprint information and its position information are embedded at two corners as the cater-cornered positions on a paper sheet. The paper fingerprint information is extracted based on the embedded position information.02-09-2012
20090207456Image Forming Apparatus and Image Forming Method - Disclosed is an image forming apparatus including: an image input unit to input image data; a chase pattern generating unit to generate a chase pattern in which a plurality of chase pattern dots, each of which has a plurality of print dots, are arranged within a predetermined block; an overlay unit to overlay the chase pattern onto the image data; an image forming unit to form an image on a sheet based on the image data onto which the chase pattern is overlaid; and an overlaid position control unit to control an overlaid position of the chase pattern on the image data so as to shift the overlaid position by a shift amount that is equal to or more than a width of each of the chase pattern dots, when forming images on a plurality of sheets.08-20-2009
20090190183IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR - In a copy generation management on paper, the present invention aims to detect a falsification in embedded information and increase the capacity of embedded information while maintaining security. The image processing device embeds second additional information into document image data embedded with first additional information. The image processing device deletes a part where the first additional information is embedded in the document image data, and embeds the second additional information into the part of the first additional information thus deleted. The image processing device further embeds third information different from the first and second additional information at a position different from position at which the second additional information is embedded. Further, the embedding means embeds the third information at a position indicated by the second additional information.07-30-2009
20100091336Layered Security in Digital Watermarking - A media object authentication system uses layers of security features based on digital watermarks embedded in media objects. The system generates a first digital watermark with a message payload carrying data about the object, such as a hash of text data printed on the object. The first digital watermark is combined with a content signature derived from features of the media object, such as frequency domain attributes, edge attributes, or other filtered version of the media signal (e.g., image photo on a secure document) on the media object. This combination forms a new digital watermark signal that is embedded in the host media object. To verify the object, the digital watermark payload is extracted and compared with the data about the object. The combined digital watermark and content signature is also evaluated to authenticate the media signal on the media object.04-15-2010
20110170144DOCUMENT PROCESSING - Proposed is the use of a document widget for representing a property of a document. The document widget comprises: a human-readable portion for interpretation by a user; and a machine-readable portion representing the document property. By comprising information about a property of a document, a document widget may be processed in accordance with an optical recognition process so as to identify the document widget and enable extraction of the document property.07-14-2011
20090201556Apparatus, system, and method for identifying embedded information - An information identification apparatus includes a processor and a storage device. The storage device stores computer programmed instructions which when activated by the processor cause the processor to operate as a specially programmed processor. The processor obtains image data assumed to be embedded with supplemental information, extracts a portion of the image data to obtain target pattern data from the portion of the image data, obtains reference information, compares the target pattern data with the reference information to generate a comparison result, and determines whether the supplemental information embedded in the image data is identifiable using the reference information based on the comparison result.08-13-2009
20110170145Secure Document Creation with a Multi-Function Apparatus - In a method of creating a secure document with a multi-function apparatus, identity information of a user is obtained. The identity information is converted into a security feature, which is created to enable the user's identity information to be retrievable directly from the security feature. In addition, the security feature is printed onto the document with the multi-function apparatus.07-14-2011
20090147316DEVICE OF CONNECTING DATA OF DOCUMENT AND METHOD OF CONNECTING SAME - An object of the present invention is for a user originally having authority to be capable of performing a copy operation without damaging convenience. In order to achieve the above object, a device according to the present invention comprises connecting unit for connecting data of a first document into which first certification information to be inputted for permitting a copy of the document is embedded to data of a second document into which second certification information to be inputted for permitting a copy of the document is embedded.06-11-2009
20090279143SECURING PRINTED OUTPUT - A notary processor can be dedicated to performing the security-based variable information printing. A method resolves the availability of resources required by a document template and a security map, replaces the data placeholders with dynamic data, replaces the data placeholders with the dynamic data to produce a complete, printer-ready secure document, sends the document directly to a user-specified, authorized output printing device capable of handling the security features, deletes the dynamic data and the document, and can notify the calling application of the sending of the document to the output device, all automatically and all using the dedicated notary processor.11-12-2009
20090284802PRINTING AND AUTHENTICATION OF A SECURITY DOCUMENT ON A SUBSTRATE - A method for printing a security document on a substrate is disclosed. Firstly, a first reference image of a reference region of the substrate is generated, the image being indicative of an inherent characteristic of the substrate in the reference region. This is followed by generating encoded data indicative of the inherent characteristic of the substrate. Finally, the encoded data is printed over the reference region of the substrate, thus effecting the print of the security document.11-19-2009
20100277771METHOD OF PROVIDING PRINTED INTERACTIVE DOCUMENT WITH ADVERTISING MATERIAL - A method of providing a printed interactive document with printed user information and printed advertising material. The method includes the steps of: receiving a print request from a user, formatting the user information in the electronic document so as to include a first user interactive element; determining the advertising material for printing with the user information; formatting the advertising material so as to include a second user interactive element; and causing the formatted user informationa and the formatted advertising material to be printed together with coincident coded data on a substrate. The coded data is readable by a sensing device and is indicative of a document identity and the first and second interactive elements.11-04-2010
20110205597IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR APPLYING SELECTED SECURITY PROCESSING TO USER SELECTED FIRST AND SECOND IMAGE - A processing apparatus, method and medium storing a computer program that combine two or more designated images (S08-25-2011
20100103471Systems and Methods for Encrypted Bar Code Generation - Disclosed herein are systems and methods that provide a temporary payment instrument having a barcode with an encrypted account number and expiration date assigned to a consumer. For example, such systems and methods screen a consumer to determine whether he or she meets credit eligibility requirements established by a merchant card provider. If the candidate meets the credit eligibility, such systems and methods may assign a payment card account number and expiration date to the consumer, encrypt the payment card account number and expiration date, and generate a barcode that includes the payment card and account number embedded therein.04-29-2010
20100103470DOCUMENT PROCESSING APPARATUS AND DOCUMENT PROCESSING METHOD - Line spacing values in a document image are extracted and a variance is calculated for fluctuations in the line spacing values. When the calculated variance is higher than a preset threshold value, the document image is determined as having watermark information embedded therein. Such use of the variance in the line spacing values enables high-speed determination of the presence or absence of line-spacing watermark information. At this time, it is possible to speed up the determination by using only some line spacing values in the document, instead of using all line spacing values.04-29-2010
20100060944METHODS OF PROTECTING SECURITY DOCUMENTS FROM COUNTERFEITING - A method of protecting a security document from counterfeiting includes applying at least one security element containing a concealed Fourier pattern to the document. The concealed Fourier pattern is produced from a master Fourier profile, and is applied to the document by embossing, engraving, laser ablation or chemical etching, and/or by a cylinder or plate bearing the master Fourier profile. When a counterfeit security document produced without knowledge of the master Fourier profile is scanned or imaged and subjected to a Fourier transform, the resulting test Fourier pattern will differ from a master Fourier pattern corresponding to the master Fourier profile for the authentic security document. In a particular embodiment, the concealed Fourier pattern is applied to the document by rotogravure printing.03-11-2010
20100060941Systems and Methods for Previewing Copy Protected Documents - Systems and methods consistent with disclosed embodiments provide for a method for previewing documents by associating one of a plurality of copy protection templates with a document; and viewing the document using one of a plurality of options associated with a user-interface by blending an image corresponding to the copy protection template with an image of at least one page in the document, wherein the options comprise: a print preview option that permits the viewing of a printed version of the document; and a copy preview option that permits the viewing of a duplicated version of the document. In some embodiments, the method may be invoked using document processing software and/or software associated with a print driver.03-11-2010
20100060945INFORMATION EMBEDDING METHOD, ITS PROGRAM AND INFORMATION EMBEDDING DEVICE - There are used a first information embedding method that is used for embedding first information and specified by a first information expression rule and a second information embedding method that is used for embedding second information and specified by a second information expression rule different from the first information expression rule. The first information and the second information are so embedded that at least parts of the first and second information overlap with each other in an identical area. This makes it possible to provide an information embedding method, its program, and an information embedding device capable of generating an embedded image that is beautiful in appearance because the boundary between the first and second information is inconspicuous and is also safe because it is difficult to decipher the embedded information.03-11-2010
20100060943DECODING MESSAGE DATA EMBEDDED IN AN IMAGE PRINT VIA HALFTONE DOT ORIENTATION - What is disclosed is a novel system and method for encoding/decoding data in a cover contone image via halftone dot orientation modulation. Arrays of halftone threshold values are used to determine a desired orientation, e.g. 0/90°+/−45° for a given single data value of the original message to be embedded. Message data is embedded as a function of halftone dot orientation. Detection modeling of the print-scan process enables the determination of dot orientation from the image scan via statistically motivated image moments. A probabilistic model of the print-scan channel conditions received moments on input orientation. Density values of the received moments are used to determine dot orientation for each halftone cell. The embedded data is retrieved based on the determined orientations. The present method is applicable to areas of data embedding, document security, and the like.03-11-2010
20080239404IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - A method and apparatus are provided for forming an image on a surface of medium having variable surface attributes affecting image formation. The image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit configured to form images on a surface on which images are to be formed, including a plurality of areas with different attributes, in a medium for forming images, on the basis of input image information, and a determination unit configured to determine, for the plurality of areas, conditions for forming images or positions in which images are formed. The image forming unit forms images on the basis of conditions for forming images or positions in which images are formed determined by the determination unit.10-02-2008
20090034010METHOD OF SCANNING REGIONS LARGER THAN THE SCAN SWATH USING A HANDHELD SCANNER - A method of swipe-scanning a graphic image pre-printed on a surface. The method comprises the steps of: (i) operatively positioning a swipe scanner relative to the surface and swiping the scanner across the surface; (ii) capturing, during the swipe, successive images of portions of the graphic image; (iii) printing, during the swipe, successive parts of a position-coding pattern onto the surface, the position-coding pattern being superimposed with the graphic image; (iv) imaging, during the swipe, portions of the surface on which the printhead has printed the parts of the position-coding pattern; (v) determining absolute positions of the scanner using the imaged parts of the position-coding pattern; and (vi) using the absolute positions to assemble the captured portions of the graphic image into a scanned graphic image.02-05-2009
20080278766IMAGE OUTPUTTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - The present invention provides an image outputting apparatus and a control method thereof, accommodated to a contradictory need of security improvement and TCO reduction in a rational manner. An embodiment of the present invention performs a setting of a black-and-white copy output by receiving an instruction from a user to output a black-and-white copy of a read document. Then, an LVBC extraction part and an LVBC color determining part determine whether the read document includes a color LVBC. An image-output controlling part outputs a color output of the read document when the read document has been determined to include color coded information, despite the setting of a black-and-white copy output.11-13-2008
20080304110Method for security printing - Method for security printing. A digital model of a feature for printing is received, wherein the feature is for authentication by an external device. Deviation from the digital model is compensated for, to a printed instance of the feature.12-11-2008
20080304109IMAGE-SORTING APPARATUS AND IMAGE-SORTING METHOD - An image-sorting apparatus includes a feeding unit to feed printed sheets sequentially carried in from an external print unit, in which an electronic watermark is added to an important printed sheet. Particularly, the image-sorting apparatus includes a read unit to read the electronic watermark from the printed sheet fed by the feeding unit, and a control unit to control the feeding unit to feed the printed sheets to one of a first and a second transfer position based on a read result of the electronic watermark.12-11-2008
20110007364Electronic Forms Using Indicia, Sometimes Hidden Indicia - The present disclosure relates to creating and managing electronic documents. One claim recites a computerized tablet including: electronic memory for storing electronic data corresponding to an application document, an electronic processor, and a display. The electronic processor is programmed for: obtaining the electronic data corresponding to an application document; analyzing the electronic data to detect steganographic indicia encoded therein, the steganographic indicia comprising a plural-bit identifier; and generating an electronic form based at least in part on the steganographic indicia, the electronic form comprising at least one field to receive user input. The display is for displaying the electronic version of the application document, and for receiving user input corresponding to the at least one field. Other claims and combinations are provided as well.01-13-2011
20100142004Method for Embedding a Message into a Document - A method that embeds a message into a document containing a number of glyphs and extracts said message from a degraded version of said document. Each symbol of the message is represented as a geometrical relationship of two discrete sets of pixels, in which the pixels in each set are adjacent. The pixels associated with the glyphs selected from the document are combined with the discrete sets of pixels to produce modified glyphs that contain the embedded message.06-10-2010
20090190182Apparatus, system, and method for image processing - An image processing apparatus includes an image information acquisition device, an embedment information acquisition device, an embedment mode information acquisition device, an embeddability determination device, and an embeddability information output device. The image information acquisition device acquires image information on a target image into which supplemental information is to be embedded. The embedment information acquisition device acquires embedment information on the supplemental information. The embedment mode information acquisition device acquires embedment mode information on an embedment mode in which the supplemental information is embedded in the image information. The embeddability determination device determines embeddability of the supplemental information into the image information based on the embedment mode information, the embedment information, and the image information. The embeddability information output device outputs determination-result information on a determination result of the embeddability determined by the embeddability determination device.07-30-2009
20090080027IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, PAPER MEDIUM, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM - An image forming apparatus includes a paper fiber reading unit that reads fiber properties of a paper sheet; an encryption unit that encrypts at least a part of an input image based on the fiber properties read by the paper fiber reading unit; and a printing unit that prints an encrypted image portion encrypted by the encryption unit and an image including information representing the fiber properties read by the paper fiber reading unit on the paper sheet whose fiber properties are read by the paper fiber reading unit.03-26-2009
20090122349FLUORESCENCE-BASED CORRELATION MARK FOR ENHANCED SECURITY IN PRINTED DOCUMENTS - A fluorescence-based correlation mark is included in a printed document by encoding the correlation mark as phase shifts in the yellow halftone image only of a printed color document. The correlation mark transparency key is likewise printed using only yellow colorant or can be printed in black or with another colorant or mixture of colorants that will appear dark or black when subjected to UV illumination. UV illumination of the document without use of the transparency key, and use of the transparency key without UV illumination of the document are insufficient to reveal the fluorescence-based correlation mark. UV illumination of the document while the transparency key is overlaid with the document will allow the correlation mark to be perceived.05-14-2009
20090128858Printed Product, Printed Product Detection Method and Detection Apparatus, and Authentication Method and Authentication Apparatus - This invention implements a printed product capable of embedding a variety of information which are unrecognizable by human eyes in image lines included in a security line drawing without decreasing the artistic effect of printed image lines and authenticating the information on the basis of the Fourier-transformed pattern of the printed image lines. This invention provides an information authenticable printed product having a plurality of line drawings in which an image line includes a unit image line including a plurality of image lines arrayed in parallel along a normal direction, and the normal-direction intervals between the plurality of image lines in the unit image line are set in correspondence with information to be embedded, an authentication method, a method of embedding information in the printed product, and an authentication apparatus.05-21-2009
20090185233Tint Block Image Generation Program and Tint Block Image Generation Device - A tint block image generation program for executing a tint block image generation step of generating tint block image data having a latent image portion and a background portion which have different output densities to be reproduced during copying has: an adjustment step, in which an input of multi-grayscale camouflage pattern data is accepted, and in response to designation of an image type of the multi-grayscale camouflage pattern data, a first adjustment for adjusting grayscale values of the multi-grayscale camouflage pattern data to a lower lightness and enhancing lightness contrast at all the pixels of a pattern image of camouflage pattern is performed when the image type is a first image type, and a second adjustment for adjusting grayscale values of the multi-grayscale camouflage pattern data to a lower lightness and enhancing lightness contrast in an edge portion of the pattern image is performed when the image type is a second image type, so as to generate adjusted multi-grayscale camouflage pattern data; and a tint block image data generation step, in which latent image portion image data is generated based on a latent image portion screen, and background portion image data is generated based on a background portion screen, for grayscale values of the adjusted multi-grayscale camouflage pattern data.07-23-2009
20080316538DEVICE USING LOW VISIBILITY ENCODED IMAGE TO MANAGE COPY HISTORY - The present invention relates to an image forming device using a low visibility information embedding technique to manage a copy history of an original. The image forming device embeds history information with the use of small dots disappearing by copying, and coordinate information on a region embedded with the history information with the use of large dots not disappearing even by copying. Upon first copying, the image forming device newly creates both of the large dot coordinate information and the small dot history information, and embeds them. Upon second or later copying, the image forming device updates the history information having been read out of the original with that on the current copying, and embeds the updated history information in the history information region indicated by the coordinate information.12-25-2008
20080316539INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND SYSTEM THEREOF - In a computer system in which information represented by digital data is output to plural pages of recording medium, and then information on the plural pages of recording medium is read to use digital data representing the read information, authentication information is embedded in information of a start page selected by the computer system; a page number of the start page embedded the authentication information is notified to a user; information on the plural pages of recording medium is read, wherein the start page is positioned so as to be read first; digital data read from the plural pages of recording medium is authenticated based on the authentication information embedded in the start page; and a process for the digital data read from the plural pages of recording medium is controlled in accordance with a result of the authentication.12-25-2008
20130215473SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CREATING MACHINE-READABLE CODES IN COMBINATION WITH OTHER IMAGES SUCH AS LOGOS - A process for creating a barcode with an embedded logo considers a printer gamut and divides the printer gamut into multiple regions. A virtual printer gamut is then generated with the colors in bright and dark regions. A target logo image is generated by mapping the virtual gamut to the original logo image. A logo with embedded barcode is produced using the colors specified in the target logo image.08-22-2013
20090021795MARKING IMAGES OF TEXT WITH SPECKLE PATTERNS FOR THEFT DETERRENCE - The present invention provides methods and apparatus for embedding an identifying pattern of visible speckles into the digitized image of each page of a document. A speckle is a cluster of black or white pixels. Speckles are printed as black speckles on the white paper, or conversely, as areas of missing black removed from the black text characters, called white speckles. The collective pattern of all embedded black and white speckles on a single document page is called a specklemark. A specklemark can survive contrast manipulations on photocopiers and binary rasterization done by fax scanning prior to data transmission. The random pattern of the black and white speckles visible in the digitized image of a document page can be detected automatically, and by systematically matching the detected pattern with those known to have been embedded into marked copies of a document page, a specific document copy can be identified. Methods for composing, embedding and detecting specklemarks are the subject of this patent.01-22-2009
20090021794INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, INFORMATION EMBEDDING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - In an information processing device which embeds a number of partial information items produced from predetermined information in an image, an image dividing unit divides an image into a number of division images in a lattice formation to generate the division images. An information assigning unit assigns the partial information items to the division images generated by the image dividing unit. An information embedding unit embeds the partial information items assigned by the information assigning unit, in the division images. The information assigning unit assigns all the partial information items to a set of division images located in a predetermined direction.01-22-2009
20110141530Embedding information using modulated periodic line patterns - A method and system is provided providing a variable data guilloché pattern comprised of variable data differential line pattern fonts comprising decodable template symbols which are capable of being selectively assembled into a predetermined variable data code. The differential line pattern fonts are further spatially modulated for imposition of a second data channel on a printed document. The representation can be decoded with a digital scanner capable of identifying the embedded patterns and spatially modulated transform function and communicate it to a user for verifying a document containing the code.06-16-2011
20090097075INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD - An information embedding apparatus (04-16-2009
20080316537IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD - An image processing apparatus includes at least one input device for inputting a plurality of pieces of content data; a recognition unit configured to recognize a mark included in the pieces of content data, and an association processing unit configured to perform association processing by mutually establishing a link between at least two pieces of content data based on the mark recognized by the recognition unit.12-25-2008
20090109492IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM STORING IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM - An image area detecting portion detects an area (image area) in a sheet subjected to printing where characters and images take up. A pattern creating portion creates a copy prevention pattern in such a manner that a latent image is embedded only to a detected image area with respect to a mask pattern into which a dot pattern is incorporated. A print image creating portion superimposes the generated copy prevention pattern and the document image to each other. When the printed object is read in a copying machine having a copy guard function, detection of the dot pattern can be performed without being interfered by a latent image since only a mask pattern is printed in an area corresponding to a reading start position.04-30-2009
20090244639IMAGE OUTPUT APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE OUTPUT APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM THEREOF - An image output apparatus includes a determination unit configured to determine whether a density of a document image exceeds a threshold, and a control unit configured to inhibit an output of a composite image including a two-dimensional bar code and the document image if the determination unit determines that the density exceeds the threshold and configured to output the composite image including the two-dimensional bar code and the document image if the determination unit determines that the density does not exceed the threshold.10-01-2009
20090244638METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROCESSING RETURN FAX DOCUMENT DELIVERIES - A method and apparatus for processing return fax document deliveries is disclosed. The method may include receiving fax data for transmission to a first party, storing the received fax data, encoding a digital mark, creating fax image using the stored fax data and the encoded digital mark, transmitting the generated fax image to the first party, receiving a return fax image from the first party, the return fax image including the fax data and the encoded digital mark, decoding the digital mark, extracting any information on the return fax image that was added by the first party, and routing the return fax image with the stored fax data, the decoded digital mark, and the extracted additional information to at least one workflow recipient.10-01-2009
20090244642Systems and Methods for Embedding Metadata in a Color Measurement Target - Systems and methods for utilizing metadata embedded in a color measurement target to uniquely identify the target through color measurement. A color measurement target is used for color calibration, color characterization, color adjustment and/or color correction of a color output device and includes a collection of color patches imaged by the output device, wherein metadata is embedded directly into the color patches of the color measurement target to uniquely identify the target through color measurement. The metadata-bearing patches in the target are used to communicate information through color measurement, and can contribute to the color characterization.10-01-2009
20080259404IMAGE DISTRIBUTING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - In an image distributing apparatus, an image file creating unit creates a first image file, and a reduced-size image creating unit creates a second image file, being smaller in size than the first image file. A link information adding unit adds identification information that uniquely identifies an external terminal to the second image file to obtain an identification information added image file. A medium writing unit writes the image file into a portable recoding medium. A controlling unit causes the medium writing unit to write the identification information added image file into the recording medium if the recording medium is connected to the medium writing unit, while the first image file is transmitted to the external terminal by a transmitting unit.10-23-2008
20090257094IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE - An image processing device includes an additional image formation unit configured to form an additional image having a first predetermined density. At least a part of the additional image is overlaid with a main image having a second predetermined density, the main image being formed on an image formation medium, a boundary image formation unit configured to form a boundary image which is formed in an area defined in the vicinity of an overlaid area where the additional image is overlaid with the main image. A density of the boundary image is lower than both the first predetermined density and the second predetermined density, and a synthesized image formation unit configured to synthesize the main image, additional image and the boundary image to form a synthesized image.10-15-2009
20100157377UV FLUORESCENCE ENCODED BACKGROUND IMAGES USING ADAPTIVE HALFTONING INTO DISJOINT SETS - Systems and methods are described that facilitate generating a background image with a UV-fluorescent watermark for printing on a document. A binary watermark mask is generated to separate the background image into the UV-active and the UV-dull regions. Based on the assigned binary value of the watermark mask, each pixel is assigned a UV-active or UV-dull color using an adaptive halftoning technique, in order to generate a binary UV-active image and a binary UV-dull image. A binary watermarked background image is generated by combining the binary UV-active and UV-dull images, and is printed on a document. The UV-active and UV-dull colors have different UV intensities under UV light, but are indistinguishable under normal lighting conditions. In this manner, the background image is visible when exposed to visible light, and the UV-fluorescent watermark is visible when exposed to UV light.06-24-2010
20090316215IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND MANAGEMENT METHOD - Disclosed is an image forming apparatus including: an output section; a counter to count operation record information; a clock section to keep time for date and time information; and a control section to obtain a counter value of operation record information counted by the counter, to obtain by the clock section date and time information of when the counter value is obtained, to generate code information including the counter value and the date and time information, to convert the code information to an image code, and to output the image code to the output section.12-24-2009
20090122350Radio Frequency Identification Printing Device - This disclosure relates to a system, apparatus and method for incorporating radio frequency identification (RFID) technology into a printing device that may provide an assortment of functional performance capabilities. This may include the ability to scan media information such as text and/or images along with RFID identifier information and process, copy and/or forward such text media and/or identifier information to a remote location.05-14-2009
20100165415SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING INFORMATION THROUGH INTERACTION WITH A PRINTED PAGE - A system for providing information is disclosed. The system has a server which stores page descriptors. A printer is also includes which prints a printed page with visible and invisible data. The invisible data is indicative of one or more of the page descriptors. A sensing device senses the invisible data when placed in an operative position relative to the printed page, and transmits information extracted from sensed invisible data to the server. The server is configured to interpret the positioning of the sensing device based upon the page descriptors indicated by sensed invisible data and to provide information associated with the page descriptors.07-01-2010
20100165414METHOD OF SUPERIMPOSING AN IMAGE ONTO ANOTHER, METHOD OF PERSONALIZING A DATA CARRIER USING THE IMAGE SUPERIMPOSING METHOD AND A PERSONALIZED DATA CARRIER - A method of superimposing a first image onto a second image, wherein each image is defined by a plurality of pixels is disclosed. The method includes changing target pixels of the second image corresponding in position to pixels of the first image to be superimposed on the second image. Changing target pixels of the second image includes changing the values of some of these target pixels of the second image to respective new values. Each new value is based on the original value of at least one pixel of the second image. A personalization method including such an image superimposing method and a data carrier thereby personalized are also disclosed.07-01-2010
20100002267IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD - Two or more designated images are combined (S01-07-2010
20100188712IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing apparatus includes an image forming unit configured to form an image corresponding to input data on a sheet; and a CPU configured to determine, if the image is formed on the sheet, whether authority information concerning treatment of the image is included in the input data and cause. If the authority information is included, the image forming unit forms information concerning a license on the sheet. The information concerning the license is acquired by communication with a server that permits use of the input data based on the authority information.07-29-2010
20100188709VARIABLE DATA ADDITION METHOD AND SYSTEM - A variable data addition method and system are disclosed herein. The method includes generating an original image, and defining at least one sub-section of the original image to transform individually. A reversible transformation is applied to the defined at least one sub-section, thereby altering the original image to form an altered image that is non-readable until an inverse of the reversible transformation is applied to the altered image.07-29-2010
20090296161Image forming apparatus, print processing method, and recording medium - An image forming apparatus to print an image on a recording medium based on print data. The image forming apparatus includes a storing unit to store the print data, an image processing unit to perform image processing on image data included in the print data; a printing operation specification unit to specify implementation of a printing operation; a marking unit to embed marking data in the image data, a marking printing operation specification unit to specify implementation of a marking printing operation, a printing operation implementation unit to implement the printing operation or the marking printing operation, a print data determination unit to determine whether or not the print data includes a setting for the marking printing operation, and a printing operation change unit to change a printing operation performed by the printing operation implementation unit.12-03-2009
20130215474System and Method for Printing Documents Containing Dynamically Generated Security Features - Systems and methods are provided for printing secure documents incorporating hidden security features. In one system, a printer firmware module embeds a security feature in printer instructions to print a secure document. In another system, a software module on a computing device embeds a security feature in printer instructions to print a secure document. In another system, a software module on a computing device provides data to a printer firmware module to embed a security feature in printer instructions to print a secure document. In another system, a print server pre-processor module embeds a security feature in printer instructions to print a secure document. In another system, a security appliance security module generates security features in the form of security instructions that are embedded into a secure document to be printed.08-22-2013
20100220364METHOD AND DEVICE FOR SECURING DOCUMENTS - The document securization method includes: 09-02-2010
20100238514IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - An image processing apparatus includes an image acquiring unit that acquires image data, an additional-data generating unit that generates additional data, a first-code-image generating unit that generates first-code image data, a first-superimposed-image producing unit that combines the first-code image data with the image data, thereby producing first-superimposed image data, a detecting-data generating unit that generates data for use in detecting modification made to the first-superimposed image data, a second-code-image generating unit that generates second-code image data, and a second-superimposed-image producing unit that produces second-superimposed image data by clipping a portion of the second-code image data, the portion corresponding to an image area of the first-superimposed image data where the first-code image data is provided, and combining the first-superimposed image data with the second-code image data from which the portion has been clipped.09-23-2010
20100225975PRINTER FOR GENERATING AND PRINTING CODED TAGS - A printer for printing an interface is provided. The printer has a coded tag generator configured to generate coded tags based on identity data indicative of an identity associated with the interface and position data defining a relative position of each tag on the interface, and a printhead for printing the interface with the coded tags at the positions defined by the position data and having the identity data.09-09-2010
20100238513GLOSSMARK-ENABLED PHOTO PRODUCT COMPOSITION STATION - A photo composition system applies digital watermarks such as glossmarks and correlation marks to a user's image to produce a marked version of the image. A compatibility measure is computed and presented to the user as an aid in mark selection or the decision to even apply a mark to the image. Compatibility measures can be improved by automated image enhancement processes that adjust the image to be more compatible with the mark.09-23-2010
20100259796IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM OF THE SAME - It is intended to provide an image composition apparatus, a control method and program of an image processing apparatus which, when a user wants to combine a photo image and a handwritten image, even if the image processing apparatus is used for other purposes or even if the power of the image processing apparatus is turned off while the user is creating the handwritten image, enables the user to subsequently resume the image composition work.10-14-2010
20100110497Image-Forming System - An image-forming system includes a transmission device and an image-forming device. The transmission device includes a transmitting unit that transmits image data, command data instructing to form an image corresponding to the image data on a recording medium having a storing part and to write embedded data to the storing part, and first selection data indicating whether or not the image should be formed when the embedded data cannot be written in the storing part. The image-forming device includes an image-forming unit and a controlling unit. The controlling unit controls, when the image-forming unit cannot write the embedded data in the storing unit, the image-forming unit to form the image if the first selection data indicates that the image should be formed, and to fail to form the image if the first selection data indicates that the image should not be formed.05-06-2010
20090323124Data Encryption Method Implemented on a Pattern Displaying Medium with At Least Two Types of Ink - Various types of ink corresponding to non-overlapping wavelength domains in absorbing lights are utilized on a pattern displaying medium for marking coordinate dots and data dots of a plurality of data blocks. While a scanning device is utilized for scanning the pattern-displaying medium, the marked coordinate dots and data dots are precisely recognized and read. While the pattern displaying medium is to be marked, the coordinate dots are marked in advance, and then the data dots are marked according to the marked coordinate dots for preventing positioning errors. Besides, at least one locality dot is used in each data block. While the scanning device is utilized for scanning the pattern displaying medium, a reading direction of each data block is indicated by the at least one locality dot so as to precisely read dots of each data block.12-31-2009
20090323125IMAGE GENERATING APPARATUS - An image generating apparatus is provided which includes: a modulating section which, by using different additional images corresponding to different pattern images, modulates signals of the pattern images to generate plural modulated pattern images; and a superimposing section which, by changing color information of a color image in accordance with each of the modulated pattern images, superimposes the plural modulated pattern images on the color image to generate a recordable combined image.12-31-2009
20110032576DEVICE CAPABLE OF READING PLURAL DOCUMENTS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE DEVICE, AND PROGRAM - Provided is a device that prevents unauthorized copying of a document to which copy inhibition information is added.02-10-2011
20090109493IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus includes a color removing unit, a determining unit, and a preventing unit. The color removing unit is configured to remove a specified color from an input image. The determining unit is configured to determine whether information is embedded in the input image. The preventing unit is configured to prevent an image in an area where the information is embedded in the input image from being removed by the color removing unit when the determining unit determines that the information is embedded in the input image.04-30-2009
20100302600SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EMBEDDING INFORMATION IN A PRINTED MEDIA - A system and method is disclosed for embedding information in a printed media. The method discloses using a print production system to apply a first set of physical structures for carrying a first data stream onto a media; and using the print production system to apply a second set of physical structures which both carries a second data stream onto the media and also performs at least one other print production function. The system discloses a printing mechanism for applying a first set of physical structures modulated by a first data stream onto a media, thereby creating a printed media; and a coating mechanism for applying a second set of physical structures modulated by a second data stream onto the printed media, thereby creating a coated printed media.12-02-2010
20110122452Visible authentication patterns for printed document - Techniques for determining authenticity of analog forms such as packaging or documents (05-26-2011
20090141313INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, PRINTING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, METHOD, COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM, AND COMPUTER DATA SIGNAL - An information processing device includes: a document information receiving unit that receives document information; a placement region determining unit that selects a region from the document information and determines the region as a placement region where code information is to be placed, on the basis of the amount of information of a part of the document information; a code information generating unit that encodes additional information to be added to the document information and information for the placement region and generates code information; and a document information generating unit that generates code-information-bearing document information in which the code information is placed in the placement region of the document information.06-04-2009
20100157378METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SECURE DOCUMENT PRINTING - The invention relates to a method for devising a pantograph. The method includes the steps of defining a message to be displayed on the pantograph, forming a background pixel format and a foreground pixel cluster pattern. The foreground cluster pattern is devised from the background pixel formation. Adjacent pixels in the background pattern are combined to form pixel clusters. The foreground pattern of pixel clusters is used to fill the characters of a pantograph message.06-24-2010
20090034011IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A color printed image with compressed colors produced by printing an electronic color image is reconstructed into an electronic color image similar to an original color image by using digital watermark image data with a reduced data size. The digital watermark image data is produced using color difference data of the color image data including luminance data and the color difference data. The digital watermark image data either does not include luminance data or includes luminance data with a data size reduced at a very large ratio.02-05-2009
20090034009Method and system for improving the quality of two-sided watermarked printed documents - Methods and systems for improving the quality of two-sided watermarked printed documents through watermark alignment. An exemplary method comprises the steps of printing a watermark on the front of a sheet to create a first impression and printing the watermark on the back of the sheet to create a second impression, wherein the watermark is printed so that the first and second impressions are substantially aligned when viewed from either side of the sheet. An exemplary system may operate between a client node on which watermark selections are made by a user and a printing node on which watermark selections are applied to provide watermark alignment.02-05-2009
20090323126User Interface Tag For Use In Processing A Service On A Scannable Document - A user interface tag for use in processing a service on a scannable document is provided. A printable surface is on one side of the scannable document and an adhesive surface is on another side of the scannable document. The printable surface further includes a printed data field specified substantially within the printable surface, including machine-readable marks of digital data encoding a service code and a user identification number; and a printed rectilinear border surrounding the printed data field to define a rectilinear iconic representation. A scanned representation of the machine-readable marks is located by identifying the printed rectilinear border using corner candidates oriented in diametric opposition from among connected components identified on the document and the scanned representation of the machine-readable marks are decoded from the rectilinear iconic representation to specify the user identification number and the service code.12-31-2009
20100014122METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MAKING DOCUMENTS SECURE - The document identification method comprises: 01-21-2010
20100053691COMBINING IDENTITY-LINKED IMAGES - Techniques for creating an identity document are provided. The techniques include obtaining two or more identity-linked images, deriving one or more at least partially transparent regions from one of the two or more identity-linked images, combining the two or more identity-linked images to create a combined image, and embedding authentication data into the combined image, inside the one or more at least partially transparent regions, to create an identity document.03-04-2010
20110176178SYSTEM FOR GENERATING PRINTED INTERFACE SURFACE - A system for generating an interface surface is provided which has a code generator for generating coded data and a printer for printing the generated coded data onto a surface to generate an interface surface. The code generator generates the coded data to be arranged in accordance with a layout having order n rotational symmetry about a center of rotation, where n is at least two. The layout includes n sub-layouts rotated 1/n revolutions apart about the center of rotation. Each sub-layout includes rotation-indicating data.07-21-2011
20110176177PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS AND PRINTING CONTROL METHOD - A printing control apparatus is provided which can produce an appropriate copy-forgery-inhibited pattern image by adding a monochrome copy-forgery-inhibited pattern even if monochrome mode printing is performed in the condition in which a color copy-forgery-inhibited pattern is set. When the monochrome mode printing is performed in the condition in which the color copy-forgery-inhibited pattern is set, and if the copy-forgery-inhibited pattern color is output with its color unchanged, the color is not converted into 100% black. Considering this, when a forced monochrome mode is selected, even if the user's setting for the copy-forgery-inhibited pattern is color, the color is changed to monochrome (black) before output. If the designated copy-forgery-inhibited pattern setting is for color, the designated copy-forgery-inhibited pattern setting is changed to the monochrome copy-forgery-inhibited pattern setting so that the printing processing is performed in the monochrome mode using the designated copy-forgery-inhibited pattern setting.07-21-2011
20100134848PRINTING OF A POSITION-CODING PATTERN - The present invention relates to a method in a computer for creating an electronic document to be printed, said document comprising a page description representing a layout of the document, said method comprising: retrieving a license from a database, said license defining a position-coding pattern, which is capable of encoding positions on a product when printed, selecting at least a portion of the position-coding pattern in the retrieved license to be associated with the page description, forming a sublicense from said license, said sublicense comprising a definition of the selected at least portion of the position-coding pattern, an indication of an origin of the sublicense to enable assuring that the sublicense stems from a trusted actor, and a data record allowing verification of integrity of the sublicense to enable assuring that the sublicense has not been tampered with, and associating said sublicense with said page description. The invention also relates to a method for verifying a sublicense to a portion of the position-coding pattern.06-03-2010
20090015874Method and system of vending a physical copy of a digital image - A method of vending a physical copy of a digital image includes embedding a version of the digital image and software for purchasing the physical copy of the image from an online image provider into source code for a website, such that, when the website is displayed, the version of the digital image is displayed and the software for purchasing is controlled through a user interface displaying the website.01-15-2009
20110149348DETERMINING DOCUMENT AUTHENTICITY IN A CLOSED-LOOP PROCESS - A document authentication method uses a watermark added in a printed document to detection possible alterations made to the document after it was printed. First, a visible watermark in the form of a dot pattern is overlapped with an original digital image. The watermarked image is printed out as a halftone image at a first resolution. The watermark in the printed document appears as a light gray shade. Later, the printed document is scanned back using a grayscale scan at a resolution higher than the first resolution. In the scanned image, altered areas would appear flat (lacking intensity variation) whereas unaltered areas will have relatively large density variations due to the watermark dots and the fact that the image was halftone printed at a lower resolution. Alternations are detected by identifying flat areas within the image using a combination of flat block detection and a multiple thresholds method.06-23-2011
20110038012METHOD AND DEVICE AGAINST FORGERY - The method includes determining characteristics of an item of equipment printing the original document; determining a mark allowing an original to be distinguished from a copy, according to characteristics of the print equipment destined to be utilized for printing the mark on the document; printing the mark with the print equipment to form the original document; and determining a first limit value to be used by an item of copy detection equipment to distinguish the original document from a copy of the original document, according to at least one print of the mark. Preferably, the method includes a step of printing at least one print reference representative of an authorized maximum or minimum inking for printing the document and, during the step of determining the first limit value, a measurement is determined over at least one the print reference and a tolerance is added to it.02-17-2011
20120033264METHOD AND DEVICE FOR SECURING DOCUMENTS AGAINST FORGERY - A document securization method includes:02-09-2012
20100321739Image processing apparatus, image reading apparatus, image forming apparatus, image processing method and recording medium - A gradation pattern on the basis of the second data for the security of predetermined image data and the details data showing the detail information of a specific image of the image data is provided to a two-dimensional code on the basis of the first data for the security of the image data so that the data for the security of the image data is efficiently added to the image data in a limited space.12-23-2010
20080212141Information embedding method, information obtaining method and apparatus - According to an aspect of an embodiment, a method of embedding information into an image comprises dividing the image into a plurality of blocks, providing a plurality of embedded blocks corresponding to the plurality of blocks, respectively, each of the embedded blocks having the same size as each of the blocks when each of the blocks is smaller than a predetermined size, each of the embedded blocks having the predetermined size and being placed at the center of each the block when each of the blocks is not smaller than the predetermined size and selectively modifying the characteristic value of each of the embedded blocks in accordance with the information to be embedded.09-04-2008
20110164289Printing system and printer with electronic signature capability and method thereof - A printing system and printer with an electronic signature capability, and a method thereof are provided. To print security documents using an electronic signature stored in a portable memory, the printing system of the invention includes a portable memory for storing an electronic signature. A memory interface connects detachably to the portable memory. A printer receives the electronic signature from the memory interface, composes the received electronic signature with print data, and executes a print operation. Accordingly, a stamping or signature process on numerous documents can be facilitated, and excessive stamping or signature execution can be prevented. Moreover, the electronic signature of the invention can be executed on various types of forms or documents.07-07-2011
20120062959METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING WATERMARK PRINTING - A method and device for controlling watermark printing are provided. The method comprises: receiving original printing information sent from a host; processing preset original watermark data based on a watermark control instruction to obtain application watermark data; composing the application watermark data and the original printing information to obtain composed data; and printing the composed data.03-15-2012
20110085209METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR WATERMARKING DIGITALLY PRINTED DOCUMENTS - A form of stochastic random distribution is used to print an invisible watermark using a typical, e.g., 600 dpi, printer. The watermark contains such information as “Do Not Copy,” or other such information. Although the watermark is not visible on a first generation version of a document that is printed, various techniques are used to print the watermark in such a way that it becomes readily apparent when the first generation document is photocopied. The preferred embodiment of the invention is concerned with a technique for improving such techniques, for example so that gray levels are improved to address variations from printer to printer. Another preferred embodiment of the invention is also concerned with a technique for performing error diffusion watermarking without the need for performing a calibration step.04-14-2011
20110080619INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus includes a decision unit configured to determine whether or not print image data includes copy-forgery-inhibited-pattern image data. Based on a decision result of the decision unit regarding whether or not the print image data includes the copy-forgery-inhibited-pattern image data, a processing unit of the image processing apparatus is configured to determine whether first compression processing is to be performed or second compression processing is to be performed and apply the decided compression processing to the print image data.04-07-2011
20100110498PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - In order to provide a technique that allows to print out a CFIP composite image with an appropriate image density, a printing apparatus includes a storage unit which stores CFIP image data including a latent portion and background portion, a comparison unit which compares a CFIP density setting value at the generation timing of the CFIP image data and that at the issuance timing of the printout instruction, a replacement unit which replaces, when the comparison unit determines that the CFIP density setting values are not equal to each other, an image pattern of at least one of the latent and background portions included in the CFIP image data by the other image pattern having a different density, and a control unit which prints out the CFIP image data in which the image pattern of at least one of the latent and background portions is replaced.05-06-2010
20100214621SYSTEM FOR GENERATING INTERFACE SURFACE - A system for generating an interface surface is provided having a code generator for generating machine-readable coded data and a printer for printing the generated coded data onto a surface to generate an interface surface. The coded data is generated to be arranged in accordance with a layout having n-fold rotational symmetry about a center of rotation, where n is at least two, the layout including n identical sub-layouts rotated 1/n revolutions apart about the center of rotation. Each sub-layout defines the position of data elements and includes rotation-indicating data that distinguishes that sub-layout from at least one other sub-layout.08-26-2010
20100214620IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus of the invention specifies, in a scanned image of an original, a first region including a specific form pattern (a two-dimensional bar-code pattern or the like) with the digital information embedded therein and a second region not including the specific form pattern to apply the image processing to the scanned image. More particularly, the image processing apparatus applies different processing to the first region and the second region, respectively. For example, a working degree to the first region is made smaller than a working degree to the second region to apply the specific image working processing to both the regions.08-26-2010
20080218805IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus prevents reproduction and display of an image file in a viewer of a client PC, etc., by encrypting “fileType” and “version” contained in an Image File Header (IFH), which is file format information, and “tagCount”, “sig_tag09-11-2008
20090174910DIGITAL WATERMARK EMBEDDING APPARATUS AND DIGITAL WATERMARK DETECTING APPARATUS - A plurality of background texture patterns each of which includes a region not having a dot and having a feature different from those of the other background texture patterns, are combined, and information is embedded in a background region of a document image. Then, a mathematical-morphology-based conversion is performed on the document image, and thereby a feature of a region not having a dot in each of the background texture patterns is extracted in order to identify the embedded information.07-09-2009
20100020359Method For Playing Audio Signals Provided On A Photograph - A method of decoding coded data provided on a photograph using a reader. The coded data is at least partially indicative of an audio signal and is provided on a photograph substrate in the same area as an image. The method includes steps of scanning the image using a scanner; locating within the image a first target boundary that is spatially displaced from the coded data; locating within the image a second target boundary that is spatially displaced from the coded data and downstream of the first target boundary in a direction in which the image is fed past the scanner; reading the coded data located between the first and second target boundaries; decoding the coded data read by the scanner to obtain an audio signal; and, playing the audio signal through an output.01-28-2010
20120147434IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND MEMORY MEDIUM - An object of the present invention is to solve dissatisfaction of the user who cannot take out the source data in a case where a code image in the original can not be decoded. In order to accomplish the above object, the invention provides an image processing apparatus comprising code image detection unit that determines whether or not an code image is included in the original image data, code image decoding unit that decodes the code image to extract source data if it is determined that the code image is included by the code image detection unit, and synthesizing unit that encodes information obtained by decoding a partial area of the code image and overlaying encoded information on the area where the code image is included, if the code image decoding unit is successful in decoding only the partial area of the code image.06-14-2012
20090168110Content Transmitting Apparatus, Content Receiving Apparatus, and Content Transmitting Method - According to one embodiment, a content transmitting apparatus which encrypts a content item which is copy controlled to limit the number of permitted copies and transmits the encrypted content item to a sink device, includes a number-of-copies information transmitting module configured to transmit number-of-copies information representing the number of permitted copies to the sink device as plaintext.07-02-2009
20120147433PROVIDING INFORMATION THROUGH INTERACTION WITH A PRINTED PAGE - A method for providing information is disclosed. Page descriptors are stored in a server. A printed page is printed by a printer with visible and invisible data. The invisible data is indicative of one or more of the page descriptors. A sensing device senses the invisible data when placed in an operative position relative to the printed page, and transmits information extracted from sensed invisible data to the server. The page descriptor of the printed page is identified by the server, and information associated with the page descriptor and positioning of the sensing device relative to the printed page is provided by the server.06-14-2012
20110116140DIGITAL SIGNATURE SYSTEM AND METHOD - A digital signature system and method are disclosed. The digital signature system may include a remote certificate server for storing and maintaining at least one digital certificate of a user by a service provider and a digital signature printer driver loaded on the user's computer for communicating with the service provider via a network, such as the Internet. The digital signature printer driver may obtain verification of the user's identity from the service provider via the network and electronically place on a printable document a digital signature of the user based on the remotely stored digital certificate. The system may further include a remote storage server for storing a digital copy of the digitally signed document. The digital signature may include a unique identifier for subsequent validation of the digital signature by the service provider.05-19-2011
20110304889FACSIMILE DELIVERY THROUGH INTERACTION WITH PRINTED DOCUMENT - A method of delivering an electronically transmitted document is provided. The method starts by printing, by a printer, a document on a substrate. The document has printed thereon visible user information and invisible coded tags. The user information includes information indicative of a send instruction. Each tag encodes an identity of the document and a location of the tag on the substrate. A sensing device senses the printed coded tags when the sensing device is moved relative to the document by a user so as to compose a message. The message is electronically captured by the sensing device using the identity of the document and a sequence of the respective locations of tags sensed by the sensing device. Upon sensing coded tags coincident with the send instruction, the message is transmitted to a recipient address for electronically transmitted document delivery.12-15-2011
20110080618SECURE DOCUMENT WORKFLOW - Presented is a method, for a participant in a secure document workflow, of generating workflow information for authenticating a document. The method comprises: receiving an image of the document; generating workflow information for the document image, including a document image descriptor dependent upon the appearance of the document image for later verifying the authenticity of a version of the document image that has been printed and scanned, the verification comprising electronically combining or comparing the document image descriptor with said version of the document image; generating a digital signature for later verifying the authenticity of the workflow information, the digital signature being derived from the workflow information using a cryptographic key associated with the participant; adding the digital signature to the workflow information; and communicating the document image and the workflow information to another workflow participant.04-07-2011
20100128321METHODS AND SYSTEMS TO EMBED GLOSSMARK DIGITAL WATERMARKS INTO CONTINUOUS-TONE IMAGES - Disclosed are methods/systems to embed a watermark into a contone image. Specifically, the disclosed methods and systems spatially modulate a contone image substantially adjacent a watermark area according to a first polarization and spatially modulate the contone image substantially within the watermark area according to a second polarization. These spatially modulated images may then be subsequently processed, stored, communicated and/or rendered.05-27-2010
20110063685IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, COMPUTER PROGRAM AND RECORDING MEDIUM RECORDING THE COMPUTER PROGRAM, FOR EMBEDDING DIGITAL WATERMARK INFORMATION IN IMAGE DATA AND CONTROLLING OUTPUT OF EMBEDDED DIGITAL WATERMARK - An image processing apparatus capable of embedding digital watermark information in image data and capable of controlling output of the embedded digital watermark information is provided. The image processing apparatus is adapted to include: a unit for generating image data with hidden picture, embedding, in a least significant bit plane of original image data including a plurality of bit planes, at least one piece of hidden picture information and control command including specifying information for specifying a user who wants output of the original image data and user-by-user hidden picture information indicating hidden picture information to be printed on a user-by-user basis, and thereby generating image data with hidden picture; and an output control unit selecting the hidden picture information in accordance with the user based on the specifying information and the user-by-user hidden picture information, and combining and outputting a hidden picture based on the selected hidden picture information and the original image data.03-17-2011
20120105916PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD WITH DOCUMENT SECURITY FUNCTION - A printing control apparatus includes a user interface driver to provide a security preview setup screen such that security preview options for each object are selected when a call signal is transmitted from a graphic device interface according to a print request signal input from an application program and a previewer to divide objects through the security preview setup screen and to secure a corresponding one of the objects when the security preview options are set so as to perform preview. A preview screen upon which security options for each object are set is displayed, thereby preventing malicious use and easily achieving security intended by a user.05-03-2012
20120002242IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS EMBEDDING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IN DOCUMENT DATA - In an image processing apparatus, an input part inputs additional information to be embedded when printing a document. A developing part develops a character contained in the document, into which character the additional information is to be embedded, using a form deformed according to the additional information.01-05-2012
20090128860ABLATIVE PRINTING - A system for adding data to a printed publication comprises a data source for providing the data, a processing circuit, and an energy source. The processing circuit is configured to retrieve the data from the data source and to control the energy source to at least partially ablate the printed publication based on the data. The data may be fixed and/or variable data.05-21-2009
20090262400INFRARED WATERMARKING OF PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES BY MATCHED DIFFERENTIAL BLACK STRATEGIES - A system and method for infrared watermarking using gray component replacement and other color removal schemes is shown. This method includes providing a substrate and implementing two infrared absorption strategies, one with low infrared absorption and the other with high infrared absorption. These two strategies are then combined in order to form two gamuts with substantially similar shapes. This combination can be made by blending the gamuts at areas where one of the strategies do not meet or implementing the intersection of the two gamuts. A watermark is then printed along with an image. The resultant image with watermark is void of artifacts while still having a consistent watermark signal.10-22-2009
20110096368Security system for printed material - An improved security system is disclosed for material printed on a substrate comprising a primary marking printed on the substrate for conveying information. A secondary marking provides security to the primary marking. The secondary marking may include a variation in optical properties, a variation in magnetic properties or a variation in both in optical properties and magnetic properties of the primary marking. A method is disclosed comprising printing a primary and a secondary marking on a substrate with the primary marking conveying information and with the secondary marking providing security to the primary marking.04-28-2011
20120176652SECURITY ELEMENTS AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURE - Methods of manufacturing a security element for a security document include: a first portion of the security document, the first portion of the security document having at least one aperture therethrough, the or each aperture being defined by an internal surface of the first portion of the document; and either printing through the first portion of the security document such that ink is deposited onto at least a part of the internal surface of the at least one aperture, or printing through the first portion of the security document onto a second portion of the security document provided behind the first portion of the security document, such that ink is deposited onto at least a part of the second portion of the security document aligned with the at least one aperture.07-12-2012
20120176651Secure Watermarking of Print Jobs Using a Smartcard - There is disclosed a method and apparatus for secure watermarking of print jobs using a smartcard. The method includes receiving, from a user, a request to print a document with a secured watermark and obtaining authorization data from a smartcard provided by the user. The method further includes receiving, from the user, a pin associated with the smartcard and obtaining authorization to print with a secured watermark from an authorization server based on the authorization data and the user pin. The method further includes obtaining a listing of secured watermarks available on a multifunction peripheral, receiving, from the user, a selection of a selected secured watermark from the listing of secured watermarks, and transmitting a print request to the multifunction peripheral, the print request including a secured watermark instruction and authorization to use the selected secured watermark.07-12-2012
20120008171IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - The image processing apparatus includes a combining module that respectively combine a plurality of first patterns and a plurality of second patterns each corresponding to the first patterns. Respective densities of the first patterns are different from each other. At least one of the second patterns include a plurality of regions where respective coverages are different in a main scanning direction.01-12-2012
20100188710FONT-INPUT BASED RECOGNITION ENGINE FOR PATTERN FONTS - As set forth herein, a computer implemented method is used to encode and decode a user-individualized font. A variable alphabet is created and a document is created using this variable alphabet to encode machine readable information. The variable alphabet is communicated to a generalized recognition engine via a predefined font mechanism. The alphabet representation is used to modify the recognition engine, by at least changing one or more template definitions.07-29-2010
20120206773METHOD FOR GENERATING DOCUMENTS HAVING STORED ELECTROSTATIC PATTERN INFORMATION - A method for generating documents having stored electrostatic pattern information provides security with respect to the authenticity of documents. A liquid medium including a plurality of electrostatic monopoles is applied to the surface of a document, which embeds a permanent electrostatic pattern in the document. The pattern is then readable by an electrostatic scanner. The monopoles may be associated with differing colors, including black and white, may be transparent or have a neutral color. The patterns may embed data, certificates or shapes. The monopoles may provide a watermark or visible image. The apparatus may be a pen or printer, and may include multiple selectable vessels containing ink and/or electrostatic liquid medium of one or both charge states. Visible features of the document can be compared with the detected pattern, or the pattern may be compared to a database or decrypted with a key.08-16-2012
20080247002MULTIMEDIA WATERMARKING TECHNIQUES WITH LOW DISTORTION - System and methodologies are provided herein for low-distortion image watermarking. Parity relationships between multiple pixels and/or regions of an image can be leveraged as described herein to reduce the amount of toggling required to embed a watermark in an image, thereby increasing watermark efficiency and reducing visual artifacts introduced in a watermarked image. Various algorithms for leveraging parity relationships are described herein, including a Block-Overlapping Parity Check (BOPC) algorithm, a Champagne Pyramid Parity Check (CPPC) algorithm, and a Tree-Based Parity Check (TBPC) algorithm.10-09-2008
20110102853IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, AND MANAGEMENT METHOD FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes an acquisition unit, an issuing unit, an image creating unit, a code creating unit, a first storage unit, and an image forming unit. The issuing unit issues identification information for each image. The image creating unit creates one image for image formation in which the plural images for which the identification information are arranged. The code creating unit creates one code image by encoding information including the plural pieces of identification information for the plural images arranged in the image for image formation. The first storage unit stores the number of times of image formation for each image arranged in the image for image formation, in association with the identification information for each image issued by the issuing unit. The image forming unit forms an image including the image for image formation and the code image on one sheet.05-05-2011
20100245928METHODS OF WATERMARKING DOCUMENTS - Methods are provided for creating a fluorescent watermark within an image on a substrate, such as paper. The method involves creating a halftone image using two different halftone strategies. The halftone method is combined with a binary watermark mask to form two color patterns (e.g., one in a background region of the image and one in a watermark region of the image) and two successive-filling halftone algorithms, such that the ink droplets deposited by one color pattern cover more of the substrate than the ink droplets deposited by the other color pattern, with the two color patterns having approximately the same reflectance under normal light. However, under UV illumination, a visible difference (e.g., the watermark) is seen in the two patterns.09-30-2010
20110002012Image processing apparatus, image reading apparatus, image forming apparatus and recording medium - In a digital multi-function peripheral, a QR code generation section generates image data of a QR code on the basis of first data for security of obtained image data. An encryption section encrypts second data for security of the image data. A micro gradation generation section generates a micro gradation (a gradation pattern) on the basis of the second data having been encrypted by the encryption section and history data, and adds the micro gradation to the image data of the QR code generated by the micro gradation QR code generation section.01-06-2011
20120133993IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM - Original image data obtained by reading an original is joined with watermark data associated with a watermark for copy control, which appears as a result of making a copy. The watermark generating section sets the spatial frequency of a chromatic halftone pattern of a foreground, which appears as a result of making a copy, lower than the spatial frequency of an achromatic halftone pattern of a foreground, which appears as a result of making a copy. Accordingly, it becomes more difficult to recognize a foreground in an original document when the foreground is generated using an achromatic color, while a foreground in the duplication is recognized clearly when the foreground is generated using a chromatic color.05-31-2012
20100188711TRANSFERRED DOCUMENT MANAGING APPARATUS, TRANSFERRED DOCUMENT MANAGING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - Management of a transferred document in a unit of the number of copies is realized, if first transfer management information indicating information concerning transfer processing applied to an original document in the past is included in image data of the original document, the first transfer management information is acquired. Second transfer management information, which is obtained by adding information concerning transfer processing performed on the basis of the acquired image data to content indicated by the acquired first transfer management information, is separately generated according to the number of copies of transferred documents obtained by transferring the original document such that the second transfer management information is peculiar to each of the transferred documents. To a transferred document obtained by the transfer processing based on the acquired image data, the second transfer management information generated in association with the transferred document is granted.07-29-2010
20100177358METHOD FOR SECURE PRODUCTION PRINTING - A method for printing a composite document creates a fixed data unit for a composite document, the fixed data unit being a portion of an individual document which is consistent in each individual document within the composite document. A variable data unit is created for each individual document to be represented by the composite document, a variable data unit being a portion of the individual document which is unique to that individual document. The data within each created variable data unit is analyzed to determine a set of rights for each created variable data unit, and the determined set of rights are embedded into the appropriated created variable data unit. A composite document is created by bundling the fixed data unit with the embedded variable data units and submitted for printing. A plurality of individual documents for printing is created, each individual document being a merger of the fixed data unit with an embedded variable data unit wherein each individual document is printed based upon the set of rights embedded in the corresponding variable data unit.07-15-2010
20090059307METHOD OF EMBEDDING A PLURALITY OF DIFFERENT TWO-DIMENSIONAL CODES IN AN IMAGE - The purpose of the present invention is to prevent a two-dimensional code to be additionally embedded from corrupting a two-dimensional code which has been embedded when a document in which the two-dimensional code has been embedded is copied or when a document in which the two-dimensional code has been embedded is overlaid on form data in which the two-dimensional code has been embedded. In the present invention, when it is detected that a second two-dimensional code is embedded in an input image, the input image is printed without overlay of a first two-dimensional code thereon. Furthermore, when form data for overlaying is stored, when it is detected that a third two-dimensional code is embedded in the form data or when it is detected that a second two-dimensional code is embedded in an input image, the input image is output without overlay of a first two-dimensional code thereon.03-05-2009
20120170080PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A printing apparatus for combining a document image with a copy-forgery-inhibited pattern image to perform printing includes a unit configured to determine a video count value from the document image, a unit configured to determine a video count value from the copy-forgery-inhibited pattern image, and a unit configured to multiply the video count value determined from the document image by a rate of dots other than dots constituting the copy-forgery-inhibited pattern image in the document image to obtain a product, and to add, to the product, the video count value determined from the copy-forgery-inhibited pattern image to determine a video count value for the printing.07-05-2012
20080212142Image Processing Apparatus and Information Writing Apparatus - An image processing apparatus includes: a receiving unit which receives print data; a determining unit which determines whether or not the print data received by the receiving unit includes confidential information; a printing unit which prints an image on a recording medium including an IC tag, in accordance with the print data; and a writing unit which writes, into the IC tag of the recording medium, distinctive information indicating that confidential information is printed on the recording medium when it is determined that the print data includes confidential information.09-04-2008
20120229867CODED IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - A system capable of processing an coded image stores first information including information indicating output time when an image has been output from an output apparatus and information indicating a user who has instructed the output apparatus to output the image in association with second information including information indicating an original output apparatus has output a source image of the image, information indicating output time when the source image has been output from the output apparatus, and information indicating a user who has instructed the original output apparatus to output the source image. The system searches for a coded image to acquire first information, and then displays the second information.09-13-2012
20110122453COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - Disclosed is a computer readable storage medium storing a program to make a computer realize functions of an image storage unit to store image data for generating a tint block image, a tint block image generation unit to generate the tint block image based on the image data, a script generation unit to generate a script for forming the tint block image based on the tint block image generated by the generation unit, a script adding unit to add the script to print data and a print data input unit to input the print data in which the script is added by the adding unit to an image forming apparatus.05-26-2011
20080297853Methods and Apparatus for Embedding and Detecting Digital Watermarks in a Text Document - Disclosed are a method and apparatus for embedding or detecting watermarks in a text, which belong to the field of document protection. The method and apparatus overlay an additional layer of shade in a document for recording a large amount of information from watermarks. The shade comprises the dots arranged under certain rules. Shifts of the dots record each bit string within the watermark. According to the method and apparatus, a large amount of information can be embedded and the watermarks embedded in the shade are dispersed together with the document which can be digitized by a scanner for being detected.12-04-2008
20080297851METHODOLOGY FOR SUBSTRATE FLUORESCENT NON-OVERLAPPING DOT DESIGN PATTERNS FOR EMBEDDING INFORMATION IN PRINTED DOCUMENTS - The teachings as provided herein relate to a watermark embedded in an image, and methodology for same, that has the property of being relatively indecipherable under normal light, and yet decipherable under UV light. This fluorescent mark comprises a substrate containing optical brightening agents, and a first dot design printed as an image upon the substrate. The first dot design has as a characteristic, the property of strongly suppressing substrate fluorescence. A second dot design having a property of providing a differing level of substrate fluorescence suppression from that of the first dot design such that when rendered in close spatial proximity with the first dot design image print, the resultant image rendered substrate suitably exposed to an ultra-violet light source, will yield a discernable image evident as a fluorescent mark.12-04-2008
20120320428IMAGE TRANSFER IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM - The present invention provides a method for identifying lost individuals comprising the steps of (a) compiling a first individual data contact; (b) storing the first individual data contact sheet information into a computer mediated contact database; (c) compiling a first individual tag identifier; (d) storing the first individual tag identifier into the computer mediated contact database; (e) relating the first individual tag identifier with the individual data contact; and (f) processing the first individual tag identifier onto image transferable media. The invention further comprises a computer data base connected with an emergency dispatch system reuniting the lost individual with a designated caregiver.12-20-2012
20110235128Creating and Processing a Mark-able Document - The invention enables creating a mark-able document for a user to mark, and recognizing and processing the user-marked mark-able document to generate an accurate user-readable result that has broad application. The application program used to create, process, and generate a printed output based on the processing includes an array of functionality to create a wide variety of mark-able documents.09-29-2011
20120274987ELECTRONICALLY MESSAGE CAPTURE THROUGH INTERACTION WITH PRINTED DOCUMENT - A system for capturing an electronic message is disclosed. The system includes a printer, a sensing device and a computer system. The printer prints on a substrate user information visible to a user and coded tags invisible to the user. Each coded tag encodes an identity unique to the substrate and a location of the coded tag on the substrate. The user information defines a message area on the substrate. The sensing device senses the coded tags on the substrate when the sensing device is moved relative to the substrate. The computer system electronically captures a message composed with the sensing device via movement of the sensing device relative to the message area, the computer system using the identity of the substrate and a sequence of respective locations of coded tags sensed by the sensing device for determining the movement relative to the message area and the message.11-01-2012
20100231981RETRIEVING LOCATION DATA BY SENSING CODED DATA ON A SURFACE - Provided is a method of retrieving location data using a print medium. A coded data portion encoded on a surface of the print medium is sensed using a sensor module when the sensor module is positioned on the surface. The surface has a plurality of coded data portions encoded thereon. Each coded data portion encodes at least a print media identifier which identifies the print medium and a two-dimensional coordinate grid position of the coded data portion on the surface of the print medium. The print media identifier and the two-dimensional coordinate grid position of the coded data portion sensed by the sensor module are determined from the coded data. Location data referenced by the print media identifier and a region on the surface of the print medium is retrieving from a database when the two-dimensional coordinate grid position of the coded data portion sensed by the sensor module is within the region.09-16-2010
20100231980HIGH RESOLUTION SCALABLE GLOSS EFFECT - A method for defining a gloss effect in a printed document includes printing a document region with first and second colorant combinations. The first colorant combination defines a first colorant stack height and said second colorant combination defines a second colorant stack height that differs from the first colorant stack height. As such, the document region has a first appearance when viewed straight-on and a second appearance when viewed at an angle. In one example, the first colorant combination is black (K) colorant that results in a one-level stack height and the second colorant combination is cyan, magenta, and yellow (CMY) colorants that result in a three-level stack height. In another example, the second colorant combination can be cyan, magenta, yellow and black (CMYK) colorants that define a four-level stack height. In such case, both colorant combinations appear as black in straight-on viewing or scanning, while the average color and/or luminance of the colorant combinations will differ from each other when the document region is viewed at an oblique angle. The desired gloss font or other gloss effect is defined by selective placement of the first and second colorant combinations relative to each other. Font sizes of 3 points or less can be defined.09-16-2010
20120140290METHOD OF CREATING NON-PATTERNED SECURITY ELEMENTS - Described herein is a method to encode infrared (IR) security watermarks using a named color dictionary within a PDL in a device independent manner. A set of colors is chosen that lies within the common gamut of printing devices and then defined in a device-independent color space. For each color and output device, a metameric pair of device colorant values corresponding to minimum and maximum black (K) is obtained using inversion techniques. These extremes are selected in order to obtain the maximum perceivable IR signal. The metameric pair sets are processed to extract a smaller subset that satisfies certain criteria, including bounds on the K difference, total ink area coverage, and deviation from the neutral axis. The final data is then stored in resource files that link fixed device-independent IR color names to pairs of variable device-dependent colorant values.06-07-2012
20120327481IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND IMAGE FORMING MATERIAL - According to one embodiment, there is provided an image forming apparatus for forming an image on a medium. The image forming apparatus includes a first image forming material including a color material that is decolored at or above a first temperature, and that develops color at or below a second temperature lower than the first temperature, a second image forming material including a color material that is not decolored under heat, a heater that heats the medium to the first temperature or higher after an image is formed on the medium, and a controller that performs control to print an image on the medium using the second image forming material, and to print tracking information on the medium using the first image forming material.12-27-2012
20120140291SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PRINTING MICRO-PICTURES FOR ANTI-COUNTERFEITING AND COPY PROTECTION - An image forming apparatus includes an image reader unit to scan a page to be printed, a security mark acquisition unit at least one security mark, an image process unit to perform image blending by applying parameters preset in the scanned page to be printed and the security mark, a control unit to provide the image process unit with the preset parameters, and an output unit to output an image blended of the image process unit.06-07-2012
20130016402IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND SOFTWARE PROGRAMAANM Takahashi; SatoshiAACI KanagawaAACO JPAAGP Takahashi; Satoshi Kanagawa JP - An image forming apparatus, having a function of superimposing a pattern on an image based on parameters set for one or more document properties, includes a memory to store an administrator-set parameter and a user-set parameter settable for each one of the document properties of the superimposed pattern; a mode determination unit to identify a pattern superimposing mode from a plurality of pattern superimposing modes; a pattern information obtaining unit to obtain the administrator-set parameter or the user-set parameter for each one of the document properties to be used for superimposing the pattern on the image based on the identified pattern superimposing mode and by referencing a property-mode correlation table correlating each one of the document properties and the plurality of pattern superimposing modes; an image drawing information generator to generate image drawing information for the image superimposed with the pattern; and an image outputting unit to output the image.01-17-2013
20080231907Image processing apparatus, image processing method, and computer program product - An image processing apparatus includes an image acquiring unit that acquires an original image data containing first data, and a data processing unit that edits the first data in the original image data thereby generating edited original image data, and outputs the edited original image data.09-25-2008
20080231906IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - A disclosed image processing apparatus enables input of various documents, addition of various types of embedded information, and implementation of various behaviors associated with embedded information detection results. Information embedded in input document data is detected, and an image processing associated with a detection result is carried out. The image processing apparatus includes a document input mechanism, an embedded information analysis mechanism, a behavior determination mechanism, a document output mechanism, and an image management mechanism. In one embodiment, an interface via which the document input mechanism and the embedded information analysis mechanism are connected, and another interface via which the document input mechanism and the image management mechanism are connected are fixed, so that the document input mechanism can be replaced with a new document input mechanism that inherits from those fixed interfaces, without affecting the other mechanisms.09-25-2008
20130176601COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT, PRINT PROCESSING METHOD, AND PRINTING SYSTEM - A computer program product includes a non-transitory computer-usable medium having computer-readable program codes embodied in the medium. The program codes when executed cause a computer to function as: an instruction module that instructs each of a plurality of printer drivers to generate an image pattern to be embedded in print image data; an acquisition module that acquires the plurality of image patterns generated by the printer drivers; an embedding module that embeds the acquired plurality of image patterns in the print image data; and a print instruction module that transmits the print image data in which the plurality of image patterns are embedded, to an image forming apparatus.07-11-2013
20100060942ENCODING MESSAGE DATA IN A COVER CONTONE IMAGE VIA HALFTONE DOT ORIENTATION - What is disclosed is a novel system and method for encoding/decoding data in a cover contone image via halftone dot orientation modulation. Arrays of halftone threshold values are used to determine a desired orientation, e.g. 0/90°±45° for a given single data value of the original message to be embedded. Message data is embedded as a function of halftone dot orientation. Detection modeling of the print-scan process enables the determination of dot orientation from the image scan via statistically motivated image moments. A probabilistic model of the print-scan channel conditions received moments on input orientation. Density values of the received moments are used to determine dot orientation for each halftone cell. The embedded data is retrieved based on the determined orientations. The present method is applicable to areas of data embedding, document security, and the like.03-11-2010
20080218806IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus which makes it possible to change the manner of authentication between cases where restriction of a specific process is performed on an image of an original, as an original document, and where the restriction of the specific process is performed on an image of an original, as a copy of the original document. A scanner reads an image on an original. An embedded information-extracting section extracts specific information contained in the read image. A determining section determines based on the extracted information whether or not the original is an original document. An authenticating section performs authentication using respective difference pieces of authentication information in cases where the original is determined to be an original document and where the original is not. A copy operation control section restricts the specific process based on the image, according to a result of the authentication.09-11-2008
20130094063PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS, CERTIFICATION SERVER AND PRINTING CONTROL METHOD - A multifunction peripheral printer (MFP) includes a printing environment settings unit that performs settings that contribute to a reduction in environmental load, a certification request unit that requests, from a certification server, certification concerning whether the set printing corresponds to eco-printing that is environmentally friendly print, a certification result reception unit that receives a certification result from the certification server, a logo image application unit that applies a logo image indicating that printing has been executed by the eco-printing when the set printing is certified as the eco-printing, and a printing control unit that prints an image to which the logo image is applied.04-18-2013
20130094064PROCESS AND DEVICE FOR SECURING DOCUMENTS - A process for securing a document including a step of printing a distribution of dots on said document, said printing, as a result of unanticipated unknowns in printing, causing an unpredictable variation, dot by dot, of at least one geometric characteristic of the printed dots and prior to said print step, a step generating said distribution of dots so that at least half the dots of said distribution are not laterally juxtaposed to four other dots of said dot distribution, and at least one dimension of at least one part of the dots of said distribution of dots is of the same order of magnitude as the average for the absolute value of said unpredictable variation. In embodiments, during the step generating the dot distribution, more than half the dots do not touch any other dot of said distribution. In embodiments, during the step of generating the dot distribution, dots are produced of which at least one geometric characteristic is variable, the geometric amplitude of the generated variation having the order of magnitude of the average dimension of at least one part of the dots.04-18-2013
20130100501CLOUD PROCESSING METHOD WITH IDENTIFICTION MECHANISM AND SYSTEM USING THE SAME - A cloud processing method with identification mechanism is provided. The method is adapted for processing a document, and includes following procedures. One or more corresponding processing procedures are configured for the document; identification information of the corresponding processing procedures are obtained; a cover page including the identification information is obtained; the cover page and the document are scanned for obtaining the identification information and generating a scanned document; and the document is processed by one or more corresponding processing procedures according to the identification information of the cover page.04-25-2013
20130100502APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING IMAGES - An area designation unit designates a processing area within an input image. An image processing unit performs predetermined processing on the processing area. A marker area detection unit detects a marker area in the input image, the marker area being capable of accommodating a marker that demarcates the processing area. A marking unit determines a position in the marker area for placing the marker, based on priority conditions.04-25-2013
20130114113Method and System for Generating a Document Having a Layered Void Pantograph - A method and system for generating a document having a void pantograph highlight pattern is presented. The method includes computing a score for a void pantograph highlight pattern layer in relation to a document formatted content layer, incrementing a relative position of the void pantograph highlight pattern layer and the document formatted content layer, repeating the computing and the incrementing steps to obtain a plurality of scores at a plurality of relative positions, evaluating the plurality of scores to determine an optimal alignment, and printing the document using variable-data printing techniques, wherein the printed document has a multi-layer architecture including the document formatted content layer and the void pantograph highlight pattern layer. The system includes a control processor, a score computation unit and an evaluation unit. The control processor provides a printer with data containing a multi-layer architecture document having a document formatted content and a void pantograph highlight pattern.05-09-2013
20130114112PRINTING SETTING APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A printing setting apparatus is disclosed that includes a first part to establish a connection to a printing apparatus; a second part to make a setting with respect to printing of printing data; a third part to add a first ground pattern to the printing data in response to the second part making a first setting for adding the first ground pattern; a fourth part to obtain information indicating whether a second setting for adding a second ground pattern is made in the printing apparatus; and a fifth part to disable the second part from accepting the first setting in response to the fourth part obtaining the information indicating that the second setting is made in the printing apparatus, and enable the second part to accept the first setting in response to the fourth part obtaining the information indicating that the second setting is not made in the printing apparatus.05-09-2013
20130114111PRINTING SYSTEM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A printing system includes an image forming apparatus and a host terminal apparatus. The image forming apparatus is operated by a first user who picks up a printed output of the image forming apparatus. A second user sends print data from the host terminal apparatus. The image forming apparatus includes an input section, a receiving buffer, and a watermark embedding section. The first user inputs a first item of information indicative of the first user through the input section. The receiving buffer stores the print data therein. The watermark embedding section produces a watermark pattern in which information representative of the first item of information is embedded, and combines the print data with the watermark pattern. The image forming apparatus prints out the received print data with the watermark pattern embedded therein. The watermark pattern includes the first item of information therein.05-09-2013
20110267656Emissive Image Substrate Marking, Articles Marked With An Emissive Image, and Authentication Methods Involving The Same - A method of marking a substrate with an emissive image wherein the substrate includes optical brighteners, the substrate having applied thereon a substance having one or more fluorescent quenchers and a quench prevention substance. An emissive color component is applied over at least a portion of the quench prevention substance. An article with authentication features may include a substrate having a layer of one or more fluorescent quenchers, a layer of a quench prevention substance, and an emissive image component. An article with authentication features may be used to authenticate the article using an emissive image produced from an emissive color component positioned over at least a portion of a quench prevention substance.11-03-2011
20130169996ENHANCED PRINTER FUNCTIONALITY WITH DYNAMIC IDENTIFIER CODE - An apparatus may comprise a code output device and a processor configured to detect a first apparatus condition indication, generate a first dynamic identifier code representative of a first apparatus condition in response to detecting the first apparatus condition indication, output the first dynamic identifier code to the code output device, detect a second apparatus condition indication, generate a second dynamic identifier code representative of a second apparatus condition in response to detecting the second apparatus condition indication, wherein the second dynamic identifier code is different than the first dynamic identifier code, and output the second dynamic identifier code to the code output device. Associated methods, computer program products, and systems are also provided.07-04-2013
20130169995APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING OUTPUT USING TWO-DIMENSIONAL CODE, AND CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM THEREOF - In the case that a secure mode is applied to an MFP which handles both of a QR code and an LVBC, there is a problem that convenience is lost also in LVBC utilization. An apparatus, comprising a unit configured to: enable to set any of a normal mode and a secure mode in determining whether or not to allow output of a document image, in the case that a first mode utilizing a partial code included in the document image is set; and enable setting of the normal mode and disable setting of the secure mode in determining whether or not to allow output of a document image, in the case that a second mode utilizing a whole code included in the document image is set.07-04-2013
20130141765Secure Printable Offer Template - An offer template for use in generating print-at-home offer documents includes a number of content layers including a canvas layer, an offer layer and a reference layer. The canvas layer includes content common to several different offers. The offer layer includes offer-specific content. The reference layer includes print-specific content uniquely identifying each printed offer document. The offer template further includes a number of security attributes designed to reduce fraudulent activity involving distributed offers, such as unauthorized copying, manipulating or reproducing of print-at-home offers.06-06-2013
20130128319Process of printing neon fluorescent offset printing ink(s) in solids and very light densities as an economical means to create overt and covert fluorescent patterns/messages to be used to deter and detect counterfeiting, tampering and fraud within secure documents - This invention relates to economically enhancing document security on printed forms such as checks, money orders, prescription pads, grade reports etc. by the overprinting of a layer of neon fluorescent printing ink(s) in varying densities in predetermined patterns on any document where authentication and verification of the original is necessary. A new economical printing process to increase document security (from duplication, counterfeiting, tampering or washing) by the use of neon fluorescent ink(s), printed onto paper in predetermined patterns and densities, whereby allowing the design to perform dramatic transformations under ultraviolet light and through electronic scanning.05-23-2013
20110228345PRINTER HAVING CODED TAG GENERATOR AND CONTROLLER FOR PRINTING CODED INTERFACE - A printer is provided having a coded tag generator configured to generate coded tags based on identity data indicative of an identity associated with an interface and position data defining a relative position of each tag on the interface, and a controller for controlling printing of the interface with the coded tags at the positions defined by the position data and having the identity data.09-22-2011
20130148170DEVICE CAPABLE OF READING PLURAL DOCUMENTS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE DEVICE, AND PROGRAM - Provided is a device that prevents unauthorized copying of a document to which copy inhibition information is added.06-13-2013
20130155470METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ARCHIVING AN IMAGE - A method and an apparatus for archiving an image on a photographic medium are described. The image consists of an array of pixels, where a color depth of the pixels is n bits. In addition to recording the array of pixels on the photographic medium also a subset of the n bits describing the color of the pixel is recorded on the photographic medium for each pixel.06-20-2013
20130182291INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SYSTEM - In accordance with an embodiment, an information processing apparatus comprises a storage unit, a display unit, an input unit and a control unit. The storage unit stores a ground pattern. The display unit displays the image of an object to be printed. The input unit acquires a range information representing partial area of the image displayed by the display unit. The control unit adds the ground pattern stored in the storage unit to the area of the image and generates a printing data of the image based on the range information acquired by the input unit.07-18-2013
20090303547DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD FOR THE DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - According to an instruction issued by a user for printing document information via a web browser of a client PC, a main control unit of an information processing apparatus included in a document management system issues an instruction to a document attribute/user attribute comparison unit for comparing a user attribute, which is stored in a user information storage unit, of the user who has instructed printing of the document information, and history information of the user attribute corresponding to print setting information associated with the document information, which is stored in the document information storage unit, whose printing has been instructed. Then, the main control unit determines print setting information to be used for printing the document information to be printed from among the print setting information stored on the document information storage unit according to a result of the comparison.12-10-2009
20110310441 METHOD FOR USING VOID PANTOGRAPHS - A method for using void pantographs involves generating a test sheet including multiple void pantographs, where each of the multiple void pantographs includes a pantograph foreground and a pantograph background. The test sheet is printed, and from the printed test sheet, at least one of the multiple void pantographs having a covert or semi-covert pantograph foreground and background is identified. The printed test sheet is scanned, and from the scanned test sheet, at least one of the multiple void pantographs having an overt pantograph foreground is identified. A workflow is developed for the at least one of the multiple void pantographs having both i) the covert or semi-covert pantograph foreground and background after printing, and ii) the overt pantograph foreground after scanning.12-22-2011
20120019872PRINTING DEVICE, PRINTING METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM - The printing device includes a reading unit, a printing unit, an operation mode setting unit, a personal information determining unit that determines the kind of the personal information, such as an address, a personal name, or a telephone number, from image data read by the reading unit when the operation mode setting unit sets the operation mode to be a reading mode, a printing data setting unit, a concealing-pattern-data generating unit that generates concealing pattern data, and a printing control unit that activates the printing unit to perform printing on the printed object based on the concealing pattern data generated by the concealing-pattern-data generating unit when the operation mode setting unit sets the operation mode to be a printing mode.01-26-2012
20130194636DOCUMENT CERTIFICATES - In one implementation, a physical version of a document is converted to a digital representation of the physical version and a new certificate is computed for the digital representation of the physical version. The new certificate is computed based on the digital representation of the physical version, at least one processing step performed on the digital representation, and a prior certificate computed for a prior digital representation indicative of the physical version. In another implementation, a document is validated.08-01-2013
20120026555OUTPUT SYSTEM, CREATING APPARATUS, DISPLAY APPARATUS, OUTPUT METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - When output data is created, image data for preview image is generated based on the output data. Based on the image data, a preview image corresponding to the output data is displayed.02-02-2012

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